Forums Race Talk The current BQ standard

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    a. 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
    Angelica
    Angelica

    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.

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    vanillabee

    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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