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Best Marathons To Qualify For Boston

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Marathon Monday: Best Marathons To Qualify For Boston

With the 2014 Boston Marathon underway, there are many runners who are watching it or following it and already thinking of the day that they can toe the line in Boston as well. Part of being able to achieve the qualifying time necessary is training, part of it is weather, part of it is good race strategy – and part of it can be the course that you choose for your qualifying race as well.

To some, it may sound like qualifying the easy way by choosing a fast course. But, a marathon time is a marathon time. The only time that a marathon time cannot be counted for something is for world records and Olympic qualifiers. Since none of us are in that category, we should not worry about running an easier course. The truth is, just because you are running a fast course does not mean that you are going to qualify. Even running a flat course can have its challenges. This is because a rolling course spreads the usage of muscles around instead of beating up on the same muscle group the entire course. You should choose a course that matches your strengths best so that you have the best chance to qualify. You don’t rule out using a particular pair of shoes because it reduces weight, do you? 🙂

Going through several sources, I have put together the list below. Many websites (like MarathonGuide) have assembled lists of the fastest courses based on the average time by runners within their Boston Qualifying standards. I have pulled some of these different races to give what I think may be a good list of where you might consider going to qualify for the 2015 Boston Marathon.

What Is The Boston Marathon Qualifying Time? 

Here is the table showing what your qualifying time would need to be. Remember, the registration period for Boston has been a wave registration by qualifying time. So, if you just qualify, you may very well not be accepted depending on the number of entrants. Also, you need to be at your time or under – getting your time + 59 seconds no longer works.

Boston Qualifying Times
Age Group Men Women
18-34 3:05:00 3:35:00
35-39 3:10:00 3:40:00
40-44 3:15:00 3:45:00
45-49 3:25:00 3:55:00
50-54 3:30:00 4:00:00
55-59 3:40:00 4:10:00
60-64 3:55:00 4:25:00
65-69 4:10:00 4:40:00
70-74 4:25:00 4:55:00
75-79 4:40:00 5:10:00
80 and over 4:55:00 5:25:00

Best Marathons to Qualify for Boston

Here is the list of some of the best marathons to use to qualify for Boston (in no particular order).

Best Marathons to Qualify for Boston
Marathon Location Date Website
Erie Marathon Erie, PA September 14 Website
St. George Marathon St. George, UT October 4 Website
California International Marathon Sacramento, CA December 7 Website
Grandma's Marathon Duluth, MN June 21 Website
Chicago Marathon Chicago, IL October 12 Website
Steamtown Marathon Scranton, PA October 12 Website
Mohawk-Hudson River Marathon Albany, NY October 12 Website
Baystate Marathon Lowell, MA October 19 Website
Philadelphia Marathon Philadelphia, PA November 23 Website
Wineglass Marathon Corning, NY October 5 Website
Albany Marathon Albany, GA March 1 Website
Newport Marathon Newport, OR May 31 Website
Road2Hope Marathon Hamilton, ON November 2 Website
Via Marathon Allentown, PA September 7 Website

There are others, but these are the ones I chose based on location, date, and amount of runners. In the coming weeks, I will highlight some of these and give the travel possibilities (airfare and hotel) to reach them. If your goal is to qualify for Boston, pick one of these races and start training! Remember, if you qualify after mid-September of this year, that will be good for running the 2016 Boston Marathon. This can be important – if your age in the 2016 Boston Marathon will put you in a different age category, your qualifying time for that marathon can be for your new age category!

Now, start training!

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About the author

Charlie

Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.

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