Boston qualifying

by Amy
(Plainfield, IL)

I am running two marathons in 2012. I will be 36 during those marathons. What do I need to run one of those in to qualify and run in the 2013 Boston Marathon? Also, if I qualify for 2013, but don't get registered for 2013 Boston, can I still use the 2012 qualifying time to register for the 2014 one?


Hello Amy,

I hope you run well in your two marathons. During the middle of September, the registration process will open up for people that have met the qualifying standards. These standards are five minutes faster than previous years.

In your age bracket, Women 35-39, you have to run 3:40:00 or faster to qualify for the Boston Marathon. There is also two weeks of registration. If you are 20 minutes faster than the qualifying time, you get to register first. Two days later, the people who were 10 minutes under the qualifying time get to register. Two days after this, the runners who have times 5 minutes under the qualifying standard get to register.

In the second week, all the rest of the qualifiers get to register for the race. I'm not sure what will happen if they don't fill up the race with these qualifiers.

For the 2012 race, people 1:14 or less under the posted qualifying times didn't get in. Now, with the standards getting a full 5 minutes faster, there might still be spots available after they take all the people that have the standard and applied for the race.

Once again, good luck in your training, and I hope you qualify.

Happy Trails - Coach Tief


Boston Marathon Qualifying times for 2013

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Advancing Age Groups

by Lisa S
(Spokane, WA)

I am a 39-year-old female who is running a marathon October 30, 2011. Does my time need to be under 3:40 (30-39 age group) or under 3:45 (my age group at 40) to qualify for Boston in 2013 when I will be 40+??

Hello Lisa,

You will fall under the 40-44 age group, as the Boston Marathon looks at what age you will be when the Boston Marathon is taking place. They do not look at your age when you ran the marathon qualifying time.

Happy Trails - Coach Tief

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