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Best Marathons to Qualify for the Boston Marathon

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The Boston Marathon has long been the goal for runners. The tradition of the oldest U.S. marathon and the challenge to qualify leads thousands of marathoners each year on a quest for that coveted unicorn-decorated finisher’s medal.

In recent years, it has become more difficult to earn a spot on Main St. in Hopkinton for the start. For the 2013 marathon, the B.A.A. reduced the qualifing standards by five minutes for all age groups and the increased demand lately has led to some runners who have met their qualifying times to be turned away due to registration being full.*

With being accepted into the race not guaranteed, even if the qualifying times are met, it is important to choose a qualifying race that gives you the best chance to run your best. We have compiled a list of races that have demonstrated over the past few years (2014-2017) to be great Boston Marathon qualifying races.

Race Average BQ%
(2014-Aug. 2017)
 Average Number of BQs per Year 
Last Chance BQ.2 Marathon (IL) 50.3% 102
Last Chance BQ.2 Marathon (MI) 45.8% 51
LOCO Marathon 32.4% 52
Erie Marathon at Presque Isle 31.6% 407
Pocono Mountain Run for the Red Marathon 29.8% 170
Mountains 2 Beach Marathon 28.9%  520
Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon 27.1%  136
Baystate Marathon 25.3% 360
California International Marathon 22.2% 1,300
REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon 24.2%  332
Peak to Creek Marathon 24.2% 69
Tunnel Lite Marathon 32.4% 117
**REVEL Mt. Charleston Marathon 39.1% 377
**Tunnel Vision Marathon 37.5% 107

* From 2014-2017, an average of 3,110 qualifiers who registered for the Boston Marathon  were not accepted
** Only 2 years of history

 

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Fastest Marathons in 2014

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Below is our annual list of the fastest marathons in the United States and Canada for 2014.  Seven of the races also appeared on last year’s list along with three newcomers. New marathons to the list include two races in the Revel series – Canyon City Marathon and Big Cottonwood Marathon – in addition to the Tunnel Lite Marathon.

What makes a marathon fast or slow?  We’ve developed an algorithm (Personal Record Score) to measure the relative speed of a marathon course based on several factors based on peer reviewed research as well as our own analysis of hundreds of marathon courses. You can read more about how the algorithm is derived here.

Find out more about each marathon by clicking on the race link.

Race Personal Record Score Boston Qualifiers
Percentage
Median Finish Time
Canyon City Marathon
Azusa, CA
110.80 22.4% 4:10:27
Peak to Creek Marathon*
Morganton, NC
106.04 26.9% 3:51:55
Leavenworth Marathon*
Leavenworth, WA
102.80 14.4% 4:18:38
Tunnel Lite Marathon
North Bend, WA
102.53 26.8% 3:59:10
Pocono Mountain Run for the Red Marathon*
Stroudsburg, PA
102.43 29.1% 3:53:35
St. George Marathon*
St. George, UT
101.81 16.8% 4:12:53
Winthrop Marathon*
Winthrop, WA
101.57 12.1% 4:30:25
Steamtown Marathon*
Scranton, PA
101.22 19.3% 4:02:16
Big Cottonwood Marathon
Cottonwood, UT
100.83 19.4% 4:08:55
Tucson Marathon*
Tucson, AZ
100.73 14.8% 4:16:50

* Included in Fastest Marathons in 2013

 

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