Boston marathon with its four hills and at times brutal weather I find it understandable why Boston Athletics Association demands qualifying time for aspiring runners.
Qualifying times for the Boston Marathon vary by the prospective runner’s sex and age group.
OFFICIAL QUALIFYING TIMES BOSTON MARATHON
AGE GROUP MEN WOMEN
18-34 3hrs 10min 3hrs 40min
35-39 3hrs 15min 3hrs 45min
40-44 3hrs 20min 3hrs 50min
45-49 3hrs 30min 4hrs 00min
50-54 3hrs 35min 4hrs 05min
55-59 3hrs 45min 4hrs 15min
60-64 4hrs 00min 4hrs 30min
65-69 4hrs 15min 4hrs 45min
70-74 4hrs 30min 5hrs 00min
75-79 4hrs 45min 5hrs 15min
80 and over 5hrs 00min 5hrs 30min
My personal best is 3 hrs 6min set at 2007 Nairobi Marathon, that qualifies me for the race.
To qualify you have to run in approved races that adhere to rules of IAAF. You application must be accompanied with proof of qualification
How to dodge qualification for Boston Marathon
They say rules are there to be broken, if you feel the qualification yardstick it to high for you. One way you can go around it is to be a sponsor. Exceptions to the qualification requirement is the 1,250 places awarded runners who can raise sponsorship. But dont get too excited about this underground route because you need to raise a pre-determined level of sponsorship. Whichever route you take, there is no running awy from work hard.