With just 21 days to the Boston Marathon – the excitement around the most iconic Marathon in the world, is growing rapidly.

Many gals who run are heading for the famous finish line:  Right on Hereford; Left on Boylston. The finish reamains painted on Boylston street year round:

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So, why is it so revered? We look at the numbers:

YEARS THE RACE HAS OCCURRED: 120 wow!

NUMBER OF SPECTATORS: over 500,000

NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO RAN IN 1897: 18 (Men only)

OF THE1% of PEOPLE WHO RUN MARATHONS: only 12% of Marathon finishers will ever have a Boston Qualifying time

NUMBER OF YEARS WOMEN HAVE BEEN PERMITTED TO RUN:Women were not allowed to enter the Boston Marathon officially until 1972! Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb is recognized by the race organizers as the first woman to run the entire Boston Marathon (in 1966). In 1967, Kathrine Switzer, who had registered as “K. V. Switzer”, was the first woman to run and finish with a race number. She finished despite a famous incident in which race official Jock Semple tried to rip off her numbers and eject her from the race. Read more HERE.

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Switzer’ s race lead to a career advocating for women in sports!

THE GREATEST ALLURE – IT’S FOR THE FAST:  To apply to run the marathon, you have to run a marathon prior to it and achieve a qualifing time, here is what’s necessary to run 26.2 miles:

AGE GROUP MEN WOMEN
18-34 3hrs 05min 00sec 3hrs 35min 00sec
35-39 3hrs 10min 00sec 3hrs 40min 00sec
40-44 3hrs 15min 00sec 3hrs 45min 00sec
45-49 3hrs 25min 00sec 3hrs 55min 00sec
50-54 3hrs 30min 00sec 4hrs 00min 00sec
55-59 3hrs 40min 00sec 4hrs 10min 00sec
60-64 3hrs 55min 00sec 4hrs 25min 00sec
65-69 4hrs 10min 00sec 4hrs 40min 00sec
70-74 4hrs 25min 00sec 4hrs 55min 00sec
75-79 4hrs 40min 00sec 5hrs 10min 00sec

The athlete registration procedure ensures that the fastest qualifiers will be accepted first. However, achieving one’s qualifying standard does not guarantee entry, but simply the opportunity to submit for registration.

  • 28,594 applications were received during the registration period for qualifiers in 2015, for the 2016 race.
  • 24,032 Qualified applicants have been accepted to date or are in the process of being accepted, pending verification of their qualifying performance.
  • 4,562 applicants were unable to be accepted due to the large number of eligible qualifiers who submitted an application for entry combined with field size limitation
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source: competitor.com

IS IT POSSIBLE FOR GALS WHO RUN THAT HAVE NEVER QUALIFIED TO “BQ” (Boston Qualify)? 

Yes! It is! Many of our Gals Who Run utilize the 12 week training guide Your Fastest Marathon“. Find it HERE. Sheri, on of our San Diego Based Coaches, had qualified and followed the plan this training cycle and will be running in 20 days. The 70 page training guide includes a intro from our favorite BAA board member and professional runner. It’s used by us and some other amazing gals including….

GWR who inspire: Jennifer Rose will be running her 19th full marathon (wow!) in 20 days. She has been an avid Gals Who Run supporter and trains using the full plan! She’s going to do amazing, not only did she qualify, she is also raising funds for Challenged Athlete’s Foundation!

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Jennifer (center) with friends,  is running for CAF. She’s fundraising hoping for $26.20 per friend!

BOSTON BOUND BABE BLOGS WE LOVE:

Read Real-life friend of Gals Who Run @SoCalRunnerGals Boston journey and blog HERE : Go Kate!

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DO YOU HAVE TO QUALIFY TO RUN THE BOSTON MARATHON?

Nope! The BAA has an official Charity Program. In 2015 over 15 million dollars was raised by those training for the race through the Charity Program. A certain number of bibs are reserved for runners who commit to raising funds to organizations that:

  • Organization is a registered 501(c)(3)
  • Organization is aligned with the Boston Athletic Association’s mission and strategic focus areas – Health and Fitness
  • Programs benefit our local community
  • Organization is not a religious-based or political organization

No matter how you get to Boston, whether to run the race, or support a love one, cheer one number is certain: 100% of the time, there is nothing else like it. Best wishes to all of those attending the 120th race in 20 days. Remember: Right on Hereford; Left on Boylston. 

xoxo,

Your Boston Marathon Finishers and run fans…

Sheri and Teresa

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