Qualifying for the Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon pic


Boston Marathon pic
Boston Marathon
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Professor of law at Texas A&M University School of Law, Mary Margaret Penrose teaches courses on such topics as criminal procedure and gender discrimination. An extremely passionate runner, Mary Margaret “Meg” Penrose has run several full and half marathons and qualified for, and run, the Boston Marathon two times.

Boston Marathon qualifying times vary depending on a runner’s age and gender. While these times have changed from year-to-year in the past, they have remained the same in recent years. Qualifying times start at 3:05 and 3:35 respectively for men and women between the ages of 18 and 34. For older runners, these times gradually increase all the way up to 4:55 and 5:25 for men and women who are aged 80 and over.

Meeting these qualifying standards does not guarantee that runners can participate in the Boston Marathon. The faster a runner’s time is, the earlier they get to register. For example, runners can register on the first day if they beat their qualifying time by around 20 minutes. This means that runners who wish to participate in the Boston Marathon may want to run faster than their standard to ensure they can register before the race fills up. To accomplish this, runners can select a qualifying course that plays to their individual strengths and train at a goal race pace.

The Boston Marathon also has several additional requirements for qualifying. Runners cannot run distances shorter than a full marathon and can only qualify when running a certified full marathon distance. Indoor marathon times are not accepted for qualification and qualifying times must be reviewed and verified before a runner is approved.


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