I had some people ask me about the Boston Marathon’s qualifying times so I figured I’d elaborate here. Here’s the requirements for entry:
|18-34||3hrs 10min||3hrs 40min|
|35-39||3hrs 15min||3hrs 45min|
|40-44||3hrs 20min||3hrs 50min|
|45-49||3hrs 30min||4hrs 00min|
|50-54||3hrs 35min||4hrs 05min|
|55-59||3hrs 45min||4hrs 15min|
|60-64||4hrs 00min||4hrs 30min|
|65-69||4hrs 15min||4hrs 45min|
|70-74||4hrs 30min||5hrs 00min|
|75-79||4hrs 45min||5hrs 15min|
|80 and over||5hrs 00min||5hrs 30min|
So I have 9 years to run a 3:10!
“So what do you do? You try. You eat even more carefully. You lose more weight. You train smarter and over time you lose most of your running partners.
The years pass, miles and injuries accumulate, and failed opportunities to qualify become more regular.
Then on one day, one magical day, in one place, fitness, weather, and mental toughness come together again.
Another great effort produces another small margin of great success. The feeling of putting it all together again to achieve such a result at the edge of the limits of one’s abilities is incredible.
Many articles decry the relaxation of Boston’s qualifying times. Those qualifying times are high standards for most runners. For those of us who line up for the race on April 20, we are running Boston because we ran the absolute best we had ever run just to meet the standard.
That is what makes the Boston Marathon so important to us.”
- William Menda, on qualifying
San Francisco Marathon, July 26th, 2009
Really looking forward to this one. It’s a beautiful course that takes you twice over the Golden Gate bridge. This will be my fourth full marathon. Two months after this I most likely will be doing the Long Beach marathon for time.