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best marathon to get a Boston Qualifier (Read 1067 times)

carolynlaitsch


gramapower

    I ran the Whistelstop marathon (my first) and missed qualifying for Boston by 35 seconds (2013 race).  Now I want to get that BQ.  I live and train in Colorado.  What race is the best to get that BQ that is located in the southwest.  I have family in Wisconsin, so traveling there is also an option.  

    carolynlaitsch

    xor


      Tucson in the southwest.  If you live in Denver or a little higher, the Colorado Marathon (Ft Collins) is a good option too.

       

      Wisconsin has several races would serve very well... but you asked about "best".

       

      HoosierDaddy


        I ran the Whistelstop marathon (my first) and missed qualifying for Boston by 35 seconds (2013 race).  Now I want to get that BQ.  I live and train in Colorado.  What race is the best to get that BQ that is located in the southwest.  I have family in Wisconsin, so traveling there is also an option.  

         

        Isn't St. George, UT also a good one - downhill race I think (as is Tucson). 


        Zeus

          I qualified for Boston at the Wisconsin marathon.  Flat.  Fast.  Very little crowd support.  A few miles of packed stone roads.  Cool temps.

          2011 goals [take 1]: 18:36 5k; 39:59 10k; 1:29:00 1/2 marathon; 3:10:00 BQ marathon (2013 standards)
          2011 goals [take 2]: 18:00 5k; 38:30 10k; 1:28:26 1/2 mar; 3:03:00
          2nd life PR's: 19:24 5k / 39:52 10k / 1:27:36 1/2 mar / 3:08:03 marathon


          finally Sub-3!!!

            I ran the Whistelstop marathon (my first) and missed qualifying for Boston by 35 seconds (2013 race).  Now I want to get that BQ.  I live and train in Colorado.  What race is the best to get that BQ that is located in the southwest.  I have family in Wisconsin, so traveling there is also an option.  

             

            This should help.  Good luck.

             

            top 50 BQ marathons


            A Saucy Wench

              Unfortunately that chart can be skewed quite a bit.  San Deigo for example attracts a very high % of TNT runners so the times skew slow.  Boston obviously does the opposite.  Smaller races tend to attract fewer hobbyjoggers so the times skew a bit fast as well I think. 

              I have become Death, the destroyer of electronic gadgets

               

              "When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - dd, age 7

                Every time I see that chart I think to myself "If you need a BQ just go run Boston" BUT there is an inherent problem to that strategy if you actually NEED a BQ. Fortunately there are faster courses.


                Pass the coffee.

                  I'm a marathon virgin so take this with a grain of salt... as I've been considering where to run my first it seems there a about a bazillion and one ways to slice the statistics on this.  Best race by % of BQers? Best race by # of BQers?  All this fails to take into consideration what you personally are strong at as a runner, and what kind of temperatures and crowds you do well with.

                   

                  35 seconds isn't a whole lot.  Best of luck, I hope get your BQ.

                  ShuffleFaster


                    Here is a more up to date (2012) list of percentage of BQ's during various marathons. (from Marathonguide.com)

                     

                    http://www.marathonguide.com/races/BostonMarathonQualifyingRaces.cfm

                     

                     

                    RankMarathonBoston QualifiersQualifying Percent*
                    1. The Santa Rosa Marathon (8/26/12 - Santa Rosa, CA) 185 34.8%
                    2. Road2Hope Hamilton Marathon (11/4/12 - Hamilton, ON) 346 32.1%
                    3. Bay State Marathon (10/21/12 - Lowell, MA) 302 26.6%
                    4. Lehigh Valley Hospital Marathon for Via (9/9/12 - Allentown, PA) 134 24.8%
                    5. Erie Marathon at Presque Isle (9/16/12 - Erie, PA) 161 24.3%
                    6. Buffalo Marathon (5/27/12 - Buffalo, NY) 253 24.1%
                    7. Sioux Falls Marathon (9/9/12 - Sioux Falls, SD) 61 23.6%
                    8. Ojai 2 Ocean Marathon (6/3/12 - Ojai, CA) 188 23.5%
                    9. Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon (7/15/12 - North Bend, WA) 76 22.7%
                    10. Ridge to Bridge Marathon (10/27/12 - Morganton, NC) 73 22.7%
                    11. Steamtown Marathon (10/7/12 - Scranton, PA) 400 21.0%
                    12. Veterans Marathon (11/10/12 - Columbia City, IN) 55 20.6%
                    13. Eugene Marathon (4/29/12 - Eugene, OR) 467 20.5%
                    14. WhistleStop Marathon (10/13/12 - Ashland, WI) 88 20.1%
                    15. Wineglass Marathon (9/30/12 - Corning, NY) 311 20.0%
                    16. Cox Sports Providence Marathon (5/6/12 - Providence, RI) 266 19.9%
                    17. Mohawk-Hudson River Marathon (10/7/12 - Albany, NY) 178 19.4%
                    18. Manchester City Marathon (11/4/12 - Manchester, NH) 134 19.4%
                    19. Big Cottonwood Marathon & Half (9/22/12 - Cottonwood Heights, UT) 52 19.3%
                    20. Harrisburg Marathon (11/11/12 - Harrisburg, PA) 289 19.2%
                    21. St. George Marathon (10/6/12 - St. George, UT) 1,015 18.6%
                    22. Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Marathon (11/4/12 - Northampton, PA) 49 18.5%
                    23. Glass City Marathon (4/22/12 - Toledo, OH) 144 18.5%
                    24. Cape Cod Marathon (10/28/12 - Falmouth, MA) 182 18.0%
                    25. Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon (5/12/12 - St. Joseph, MN) 52 18.0%
                    26. Towpath Marathon (10/7/12 - Cleveland/Akron Area, OH) 73 17.9%
                    27. Sugarloaf Marathon (5/20/12 - Carrabassett Valley, ME) 99 17.6%
                    28. Carmel Marathon (4/21/12 - Carmel, IN) 97 17.5%
                    29. Sunburst Marathon (6/2/12 - South Bend, IN) 77 17.3%
                    30. B&A Trail Marathon (3/4/12 - Severna Park, MD) 55 17.1%
                    ShuffleFaster


                      Here is a list of the marathons with the greatest numbers of BQ'ers for 2012  (from Marathonguide.com Wink

                       

                      http://www.marathonguide.com/races/BostonMarathonQualifyingRaces.cfm

                       

                      RankMarathonFinishersBoston Qualifiers
                      1. Chicago Marathon (10/7/12 - Chicago, IL) 37,455 3,776
                      2. Boston Marathon (4/16/12 - Boston, MA) 21,554 2,705
                      3. Philadelphia Marathon (11/18/12 - Philadelphia, PA) 11,553 1,708
                      4. Twin Cities Marathon (10/7/12 - Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN) 8,781 1,132
                      5. St. George Marathon (10/6/12 - St. George, UT) 5,696 1,015
                      6. Marine Corps Marathon (10/28/12 - Washington, DC) 23,515 998
                      7. Houston Marathon (1/15/12 - Houston, TX) 7,637 997
                      8. Grandma's Marathon (6/16/12 - Duluth, MN) 5,785 695
                      9. Columbus Marathon (10/21/12 - Columbus, OH) 5,470 694
                      10. City of Los Angeles Marathon (L.A. Marathon) (3/18/12 - Los Angeles, CA) 18,729 667
                      11. Ottawa Marathon (National Capital Race Weekend) (5/27/12 - Ottawa, ON) 4,178 640
                      12. Richmond Marathon (11/10/12 - Richmond, VA) 4,716 601
                      13. Portland Marathon (10/7/12 - Portland, OR) 6,518 550
                      14. Disney World Marathon (1/8/12 - Orlando, FL) 13,467 483
                      15. Vancouver International Marathon (5/6/12 - Vancouver, BC) 4,232 481
                      16. Indianapolis Monumental Marathon (11/3/12 - Indianapolis, IN) 2,865 473
                      17. Eugene Marathon (4/29/12 - Eugene, OR) 2,345 467
                      18. The San Francisco Marathon (7/29/12 - San Francisco, CA) 6,440 436
                      19. Toronto Waterfront Marathon (10/14/12 - Toronto, ON) 3,242 403
                      20. Steamtown Marathon (10/7/12 - Scranton, PA) 1,930 400
                      21. Hartford Marathon (10/13/12 - Hartford, CT) 2,528 360
                      22. Road2Hope Hamilton Marathon (11/4/12 - Hamilton, ON) 1,081 346
                      23. Lakefront Marathon (10/7/12 - Milwaukee, WI) 2,112 337
                      24. Detroit Free Press International Marathon (10/21/12 - Detroit, MI) 3,708 325
                      25. Vermont City Marathon (5/27/12 - Burlington, VT) 2,420 323
                      26. Wineglass Marathon (9/30/12 - Corning, NY) 1,584 311
                      27. Rock 'n' Roll Marathon (6/3/12 - San Diego, CA) 7,086 309
                      28. Bay State Marathon (10/21/12 - Lowell, MA) 1,146 302
                      29. Harrisburg Marathon (11/11/12 - Harrisburg, PA) 1,514 289
                      30. Pittsburgh Marathon (5/6/12 - Pittsburgh, PA) 4,608 287
                        RankMarathonFinishersBoston Qualifiers
                        1. Chicago Marathon (10/7/12 - Chicago, IL) 37,455 3,776
                        2. Boston Marathon (4/16/12 - Boston, MA) 21,554 2,705

                         

                        How do only 13% of the people in the boston marathon qualify for boston.......

                         

                         

                        oh wait, I forgot about the weather this year.

                        2013 Goal: Make 3:00:16 go away - FAIL.

                        2014 Goal: Make 3:00:16 go away.

                        ShuffleFaster


                          I wonder if some people look at getting to Boston as the goal and once they are there, they are there to celebrate as opposed to race?

                           

                          (Don't know for sure, as I'm still chasing that dream Smile)

                          vegefrog


                            I think people BQ on flat courses in ideal weather after completing some of the the best training of their life ( at least thus far). I am aiming to BQ in Chicago October 13th, 2013. Boston itself isn't exactly flat and sometimes the weather isn't ideal. I think also, like you said people are just so happy to be there and maybe get caught up in the atmosphere and celebration, that they don't do as well once they actually RUN Boston.


                            [Competitive] Jerk

                              I think people BQ on flat courses in ideal weather after completing some of the the best training of their life ( at least thus far).

                               

                               

                              +1. Those statistics and lists have way too many variables to be truly meaningful. If you are on the verge of qualifying, meaning 1 minute to make or break, weather will have far more effect on our chances than terrain. And as we all know weather is a fickle bitch! Most marathons will have some elevation in them and I think anything under 500ft is to be expected. The flattest marathons in the US are Houston and Chicago. Some of those net downhill marathons, such as CIM, St. George, Boston can be tough courses if the weather does not cooperate, just as Houston can be humid as hell in January and, well Chicago pretty much sucked for 2 out of the last 3 years.


                              No more marathons

                                I wonder if some people look at getting to Boston as the goal and once they are there, they are there to celebrate as opposed to race?

                                 

                                (Don't know for sure, as I'm still chasing that dream Smile)

                                 

                                I suspect I will fit into that category.  Got my BQ in October this year and will run Boston in 2014 - not sure how much I will be interested in a hard training cycle bofore then.

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