Top 50 Best Boston Qualifying Marathons in 2017


For many marathoners, the Boston Marathon is the holy grail of races and the reward for months or years of hard work and solid training. We’ve narrowed down the more than 500 marathons in the U.S. that were certified as Boston qualifiers in 2017 to the 50 best.

The criteria used to determine our list the Top 50 Boston Qualifying races is a combination of 1) the percentage of finishers who ran Boston Marathon qualifying times for their age group, 2) the total number of finishers achieving BQ standards, and 3) our PR Score* for the 2017 race.

Top 50 Best Boston Qualifying Races for 2017 (alphabetical order).

Race Name
Race Name
B & A Marathon Myrtle Beach Marathon
Bayshore Marathon Pacific Northwest Marathon
Baystate Marathon Peak to Creek Marathon
Beantown Marathon Pocono Mountain Run for the Red Marathon
Boston Marathon Rehoboth Beach Marathon
California International Marathon REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon
Carmel Marathon REVEL Canyon City Marathon
Charles River Marathon REVEL Mt. Charleston Marathon
Erie Marathon at Presque Isle REVEL Mt. Lemmon Marathon
Eugene Marathon REVEL Rockies Marathon
Glass City Marathon Skagit Flats Marathon
Hawaii Bird Conservation Marathon Snickers Marathon
Holland Haven Marathon Spring Chance BQ.2 Marathon
Huntsville Marathon St. George Marathon
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Sugarloaf Marathon
Jack and Jill’s Downhill Marathon Super Marathon
Jacksonville Marathon Tobacco Road Marathon
Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon Town of Celebration Marathon
Last Chance BQ.2 Marathon (Illinois) Tucson Marathon
Last Chance BQ.2 Marathon (Michigan) Tunnel Light Marathon
Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon Tunnel Vision Marathon
LOCO Marathon Ventura Marathon
Marquette Marathon Vernonia Marathon
Mesa-PHX Marathon Via Marathon
Mountains 2 Beach Marathon Wineglass Marathon

*The Personal Record (PR) Score utilizes the course profile, elevation, and race time weather to create a score that can be compared to other marathons to determine at which race you could expect to run faster. The higher the score, the faster the race.