Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

Boston Marathon (UK) 2023


In visiting this website you adhere to the ‘Terms and Conditions’. The Boston Marathon 2023 is organised and administered by Boston Marathon Association.



Travelling to the event


By signing up to take part in this event you accept complete responsibility for any injury or accident which may occur while you are travelling to or from the event, during the event, or while on the premises of the event except any injury or accident which is caused by our negligence.



Personal health and fitness


You understand that participating in this event is potentially hazardous, and you should not enter and participate unless you are medically able and properly trained.


We recommend that you consult your doctor prior to undertaking training for a marathon. It is your responsibility to make sure you are medically fit and capable of running the Boston Marathon. We reserve the right, in our absolute discretion, to stop any runner from taking part if we deem him or her unfit to run, including mid-race removal from the course where necessary.



Medical treatment while attending the Boston Marathon


By entering this event, you are confirming that should you require any medical treatments during your attendance at the event, whether before, during or after the actual run, they may be administered by the events’ official medically qualified personnel.




You must not under any circumstances give your race number to anyone else. Amongst other potential problems, doing so may cause problems of identification for the event medical services in the case of any accident or injury. Any attempt to do so will result in immediate disqualification of the individual(s) concerned and ejection from the event.




Animals will not be permitted on the Boston Marathon course. We are unable to allow guide dogs on the course.


Bikes, stilts, roller skates, skate boards, buggies, etc


Participants are not permitted to use any of the above or similar in the event and those attempting to do so will be prohibited from starting and may be forcibly removed from the course mid-race where necessary. Likewise, anyone attempting to start or join the race in any outfit that we, in our absolute discretion, deem unsuitable and/or dangerous to other competitors or spectators, will not be allowed to start the event or, if on the course, may be forcibly removed from the event. We regret that wheel chairs will not be allowed due to health and safety reasons.


Cancellation of the event


We reserve the right, in our absolute discretion, to cancel, delay or postpone the event due to unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances out of our reasonable control. In such cases we will endeavour to inform participants as quickly as is possible. Where the event has to be cancelled, delayed or postponed due to circumstances outside of our reasonable control (including for the avoidance of doubt due to adverse weather conditions or as a result of instructions from the emergency services) we shall not be liable for any inconvenience, expenses, costs, losses or damages suffered by participants. Where the event has to be cancelled, delayed or postponed due to circumstances that were within our reasonable control, our entire liability in respect of any inconvenience, expenses, costs, losses or damages suffered by you as a result will be limited to the entry price you have paid to take part in the event, minus a £10 administration fee.

Cancellation of entry

90% of the entry fee is refundable until closing day (2nd April 2022) after which you will be allowed to defer your entry to the following year, subject to a small administrative charge. 


Finisher pack


Only those who finish the Boston Marathon will be entitled to a Finisher’s Medal & Goody Bag ( Goodie Bag depends on Covid 19 restrictions in place). Please do not ask for more than one as marshals have been instructed to only issue one per person and of course your receiving more than one, may deny another Finisher from receiving one or more of these items.


Use of Image


By taking part in the event you grant full and irrevocable permission to us, as organisers of the Boston Marathon, and any third parties authorised by us to use any photographs, videotapes, motion pictures, website images, recordings or any other record of this event that may include your image.


Collection and use of information


Your personal information will only be used by us and any appointed third parties for purposes in connection with the event and any subsequent events that we may organise or administer. By entering the event you grant full and irrevocable permission for us to pass any medical details you have given us to the medical teams operating on the day of the event.


Race Numbers


The race number and colour you will be given relate to particular race you are running. Please complete the relevant medical details on the back of the race number if you have any medical condition or are taking any medication(s). Under no circumstances are you allowed to sell or give your race number to someone else and any attempt to do so will result in your entry being cancelled.


Music while running


For health and safety reasons you must not participate in the event whilst listening to any personal music playing device which prevents you from hearing normal background (ambient) sounds around you. This is particularly important in order to allow our emergency services and their vehicles to operate safely on the day which they may not be able to do if you are unable to hear what is happening around you throughout the race. Consequently headphones and in-ear speakers must not be worn. IPods, MP3 Players or similar electronic music players can only be used with bone conduction headsets, set at a volume that does not occlude ambient sounds. You will be held strictly and solely liable if found to be responsible for harm to yourself or any third party or parties or damage to any property whether yours or that of a third party, as a result of your wearing any personal music playing device in contradiction of this race rule.



Race Ejection


We reserve the right, in our absolute discretion, to refuse to allow you to participate in the event either at the start or to continue participation at any point along the route of the event, should you be deemed to behave inappropriately or give cause for concern that your continued participation may cause offence or injury to yourself, any spectators or other competitors. This includes the wearing of any clothing or visual messages that may cause offence. Failure to comply with any instruction from race officials and marshals will result in ejection from the race and may also result in you being reported to the police.



Change of postal address, email address or telephone number(s)


If your postal address, email address or telephone number details change, then you must inform us as soon as possible by emailing: info@bostonmarathon.co.uk. If this is not done, we cannot guarantee that you will receive all race communications.


Changes to race


I understand that the organizers may change the route of the marathon including start and finish points depending on the scheduled course measurement.




Participants accept that marathon running is only for persons with a high degree of physical fitness and who have undertaken a lengthy and appropriate training regime. It is your responsibility to seek appropriate medical advice prior to participation. Participation in the event is entirely at your own risk and by entering the event participants acknowledge that we shall not be liable for death, injury, loss or damage arising from participation in the event save to the extent that it is caused by our negligence.

Full Terms and Conditions to be agreed when registering.

. I agree to abide by UKA/Boston Marathon Association rules and accept that this event is potentially hazardous.
• I am medically fit to participate in the event and understand that I enter at my own risk and that the organisers shall not be held responsible for any injury or illness that may be caused to myself as a result of the event or for any property lost during the race.
• I also agree to notify the race organisers by email prior to the event if my situation changes. I will write on the reverse of my race number and emergency name and contact details for race day and any medical conditions which the race organisers should be aware of.
• I agree not to wear headphones that exclude external sound during the event, 
• I will not carry a child during the event either in arms or a mobile device (pushchair etc)
• I understand that the entry fee may be refundable until 10th May after which I understand that I may be allowed to defer my entry to the following year, subject to a small administrative charge of 10%.
• I understand that I may not transfer my entry or race number to another runner.
• I hereby give permission for the organisers and their associates to use any recorded materials from this event.
• I have read the full terms and conditions on the organiser's website and agree to these as well.