Running: Boston Marathon 2010 Qualifying Times


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

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