Forums Race Talk The current BQ standard

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    • #76979 Reply
      Avatara. nonnyrunner

      Link to the current standard: https://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/enter/qualify

      Age Group WOMEN
      18-34 3hrs 30min 00sec
      35-39 3hrs 35min 00sec
      40-44 3hrs 40min 00sec
      45-49 3hrs 50min 00sec
      50-54 3hrs 55min 00sec
      55-59 4hrs 05min 00sec
      60-64 4hrs 20min 00sec
      65-69 4hrs 35min 00sec
      70-74 4hrs 50min 00sec
      75-79 5hrs 05min 00sec
      80+ 5hrs 20min 00sec

    • #77126 Reply
      AngelicaAngelica

      How much do you all think we will have to beat the standard by in order to actually run Boston 2020? Any bets? I am hoping the faster standards mean the necessary cushion is smaller, maybe 2-3 minutes? But every second seems to count.

    • #77134 Reply
      Avatarvanillabee

      I think the faster standard will eliminate the cushion for at least a year. The cutoff hadn’t quite reached 5 minutes yet, though it was close this year. If anything, I would predict under a minute faster.

      But I’ve totally been wrong before when predicting the cutoff time.

    • #77138 Reply

      Personal math: if I keep getting faster at my current pace, but the BQ standards keep getting tighter, I will be closing in on a BQ in approximately 15 years as my PRs and the qualifying times converge. 😉

      Real question: besides time-based standards, what are the chances BAA will ever have provisions to enable 1st-time qualifiers to participate?

    • #77140 Reply

      1st time qualifiers – That’s the best idea ever. It’s awesome that people do it year after year, but…I mean… give someone else a chance, yeah?

    • #77449 Reply

      Love the first time qualifier idea! But I don’t know if the BAA would go for it. Seems like they prefer keeping the field speedy vs. accessible.

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