Boston Marathon Qualifying Options for the Postponed Freakin’ Fast Marathon


The Freakin’ Fast Marathon was postponed until October 17th due to delays in road construction along the course.  Many runners were hoping to use this fast, downhill race as a last chance to achieve Boston Marathon qualifying times before registration for Boston opens next week.  We’ve created a list of marathons tBostonMarathonMedalhat may be options for runner’s seeking BQ’s before registration opens for Boston on Monday, September 14th.

All races during the weekend of September 12-13 are prior to the start of registration for the Boston Marathon and can be used for qualifying.  The first week of registration will likely be open until Saturday, September 19th at 10:00 p.m. ET when registration for runner’s achieving qualifying times by less than five minutes closes.  Therefore, only races held on Saturday, 9/19 fall within the first registration period and races on the 20th can only be used if registration is not filled.

Below are certified marathons in the Mountain or Pacific Regions before or during the Boston Marathon initial registration period. To search all marathons in the United States and Canada use our search tools or view our Boston Marathon Qualifiers calendar and filters.

Western U.S. Boston Marathon Certified Marathons (9-12 – 9/20)

Salmon Marathon
Salmon, ID
September 12th

Big Cottonwood Marathon
Cottonwood, UT
September 12th

Bozeman Marathon
Bozeman, MT
September 13th

Skagit Flats Marathon
Burlington, WA
September 13th

Top of Utah Marathon
Logan, UT
September 19th

Rogue Run Marathon
Medford, OR
September 20th ** After the first week of registration ends

Montana Marathon
Billings, MT
September 20th ** After the first week of registration ends

Freakin' Fast Marathon Elevation Chart
Freakin’ Fast Marathon Course Elevation Chart. The course on October, 17th may be slightly different, but will still have a 4,000′ elevation drop. We will revise the chart and marathon data once the course is determined.

The silver lining is that with the Freakin’ Fast marathon pushed back a month, the temperatures are likely to be cooler which may lead to faster times on this fast course.

2016 Boston Marathon Registration Dates & Guidelines 

  • On Monday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. ET, eligible runners who have met the qualifying standard for their age and gender by 20 minutes or more may register.
  • On Wednesday, September 16 at 10:00 a.m. ET, if space remains, registration will open for those who have met their qualifying standard by 10 minutes or more.
  • If space remains, registration will open on Friday, September 18 at 10:00 a.m. ET for those who have met their qualifying standard by five minutes or more.
  • Registration will close on Saturday, September 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET.
  • If space remains after the first week of registration (Monday, September 14 through Saturday, September 19), then registration will re-open for all qualifiers from Monday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m. ET through Wednesday, September 23 at 5:00 p.m. ET.