Unlike other marathons, Boston is not an open race. You have to qualify to be allowed to run it.
If not as difficult as qualifying for the Olympics, this process can be quite challenging for the average runner. It is certainly what makes running the Boston marathon so special and attracts runners from all over the world. Some even call the race the ‘holy-grail’ of marathon runners since it requires discipline, patience and certainly a lot of miles under your soles.
So in order to qualify, you need to have run a marathon in a certain time based on your gender and age in the past 18 months prior to the Boston marathon.
|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|
If you’re a woman of 38, you should have run a qualifying marathon in less than 3 hours and 45 minutes and 59 seconds in the year and a half before the Boston marathon.
Athletes in wheelchair have their own qualifying times.
|Open (Classes 3 & 4)||18-39||2hrs 00min||2hrs 25min|
|40-49||2hrs 15min||2hrs 40min|
|50-Over||2hrs 30min||2hrs 55min|
|Quad (Classes 1 & 2)||18-39||2hrs 45min||3hrs 10min|
|40-49||3hrs 00min||3hrs 25min|
|50-Over||3hrs 15min||3hrs 40min|
More details can be found on the official page.
Of course the marathons of the World Marathons majors (New York, Chicago, London and Berlin) can be used as qualifiers. But, those are not the only ones.
If you don’t live in Northern America, where most qualifiers are located, don’t be disappointed , you can still find some on the other continents. Here are a few of them :
Have you already run in Boston ? How challenging has it been to qualify ?