"BEST BETS FOR A BOSTON QUALIFIER" A RaceRaves.com article written by Mike Sohaskey identifies races most likely to lead to a qualifiying finish time that provides eligibility to run in the Boston Marathon, also known as a Boston Qualifier or “BQ”.
“Luckily for runners”, the item says, “in recent years the call of the unicorn has prompted more and more race directors to tailor their events to BQ hopefuls.” If you are not familiar with the Boston Athletic Association’s logo for the marathon, It’s a yellow profile of a unicorn against a blue background.
“With that in mind,” the RaceRaves writer says the organization has “done its homework/legwork to create a list of recommended BQ races”, that are held from the moment the marathon is run on Marathon Monday in April to the September closing day for registration in next year’s event. Another list for the remainder of the year is promised to be issued soon.
The Race Raves article provides information on race location, month held, course profile as well as insight into what about the race helps runners to earn a BQ and what makes it worth running. For some races, the percent of runners who earn a BQ is quoted. Sohaskey’s article is a wonderful service to those inspired to attempt this challenge in 2018 or beyond.
The list includes races that are part of a series, and those that are stand-alone marathons:
REVEL: Mt. Charleston, Rockies, Big Cottonwood
Sugarloaf Marathon and 15K
Mountains 2 Beach Marathon and Half
Utah Valley Marathon
Tunnel Marathons: Light at the End of the Tunnel, Tunnel Vision, Tunnel Light
Santa Rosa Marathon
Erie Marathon at Presque Isle
Last Chance 26.2 BQ: Grand Rapids, and Chicagoland (Geneva IL)
Even if you’re not in the market for a BQ, the ‘skinny’ on these marathons and accompanying events, makes this piece a valuable tool for destination race planning.
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