The next event will be: April 17th, 2017.
Approximate cost is: $175
Registration by lottery (yes/no): No
Maximum allowable race time is: 6 hrs
Summary: Held in mid-April, the Boston Marathon is perhaps the most prestigious marathon in the world. Other than a small number of fundraising or sponsor spots, all runners must qualify for the race by running a qualifying time at a previous marathon. Qualifying times vary by gender and age.
2016 BOSTON MARATHON QUALIFYING STANDARDS (From the www.baa.org website)
AGE GROUP —— MEN ——— WOMEN
18-34 — 3hrs 05min 00sec — 3hrs 35min 00sec
35-39 — 3hrs 10min 00sec — 3hrs 40min 00sec
40-44 — 3hrs 15min 00sec — 3hrs 45min 00sec
45-49 — 3hrs 25min 00sec — 3hrs 55min 00sec
50-54 — 3hrs 30min 00sec — 4hrs 00min 00sec
55-59 — 3hrs 40min 00sec — 4hrs 10min 00sec
60-64 — 3hrs 55min 00sec — 4hrs 25min 00sec
65-69 — 4hrs 10min 00sec — 4hrs 40min 00sec
70-74 — 4hrs 25min 00sec — 4hrs 55min 00sec
75-79 — 4hrs 40min 00sec — 5hrs 10min 00sec
80+ —– 4hrs 55min 00sec — 5hrs 25min 00sec
“The registration process ensures that the fastest qualifiers will be accepted first. However, achieving one’s qualifying standard does not guarantee entry, but simply the opportunity to sumbit for registration. Those who are the fastest among the pool of applicants in their age and gender group will be accepted.”
“As anyone who’s run Boston can tell you, the first 15 or 16 miles of the race usually feel okay, hopefully even easy! But then…you hit the Newton Hills. Heartbreak Hill at mile 21 is tough, but it’s actually the series of hills before it that make Boston so difficult. As I finished up mile 15 (which includes a pretty steep downhill), I remember thinking that my quads felt toasted. And damn…I still had 10 more miles of rolling hills to go. This was also the time in the race when the heat and sun started to take their toll.”
“In case you’re unfamiliar, the first day of registration is for people who’ve qualified by 20 minutes or more, the second day of registration is for people who’ve qualified by 10 minutes or more, and the third day of registration is for people who’ve qualified by 5 minutes or more. And then finally if there are still spots available, there’s a day of registration for people who’ve qualified by less than 5 minutes.”
“There were no drop bags at the start this year, meaning any clothes dropped there would be donated to charity. This encouraged a wide array of pre-race outfits that looked like we were all headed to a pajama party.”
“The Scream Tunnel (mile 12) was it’s usual Wellesley-powered insanity, and I got a kiss from a group of young ladies with the clever sign “why do all the cute ones run away?”.”
“The first few miles of Boston have significant downhill, which you might think would make it easy. It would be easy if it was a six-mile race, but this is a MARATHON. The early downhill requires you to either go really fast (rough on the joints, great way to get injured fast) or put the brakes on a bit (straining the quads).”
“Everyone was making their way to the actual village set up. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen. I’ve never been to a race where there was that big of a set up and staging area for racers to hang out before a race. It was pretty darn cool. They had everything. Gatorade Endurance Formula, PowerBars, yogurt, bagels, bananas and even Dunkin Donuts coffee. Obviously the coffee line was the longest.”
“When we got to Boston Common, I was stunned by the lines. I had seriously never seen a line that long, and we had to wait in it in order to get to the starting line in Hopkinton! At first I panicked a little bit thinking we should’ve arrived earlier. The “what ifs” of not making it on the bus were going round and round in my head. Thankfully I had Stacy with me, who calmed my nerves and assured me we would make it to the start on time.”
“I was trying to ignore how hot it was just sitting on the grass two hours before we were to even start running. I am always, always cold, and I didn’t even need any warm ups or throwaways. Any last hopes that the weathermen were wrong went out the window. The sky was clear and blue and the sun was HOT.
I waited on a LONG portapotty line, and then I lubed up with Aquafor and sunscreen, mixed up my Perpetuem, changed into my racing shoes, and was ready to roll. I headed down towards the corrals. I got down there and we had to stand and wait until the first wave was gone. We were standing in the sun (there was no shade) and it was HOT. After about 30 minutes they filed us into the corrals, and again, we were standing around in the hot sun. I was already feeling overheated and we hadn’t even started to run yet!”
“The Sparkly Skirt from Team Sparkle was a HIT with the women and girls in the crowd – especially the teens. 😉
The Superman socks were a big crowd pleaser with the young boys especially. So having some eye-catching running accessories really help with getting crowd encouragement! It also helped people I actually know spot me in the crowd.”
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