February 15, 2019 at 3:40 pm #76979
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
March 6, 2019 at 11:14 pm #77126
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.
March 7, 2019 at 9:06 am #77134
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.
March 7, 2019 at 1:10 pm #77138
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?
March 7, 2019 at 1:18 pm #77140
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?
March 20, 2019 at 10:52 pm #77449
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.