New York marathon is a popular race and every runner wants to run it. Organisers have two ways of restricting runners, capping the numbers at 40,000 and requiring all applicants to meet New York Marathon qualifying times. They only take the cream of running!
The New York Marathon qualifying times are no Joke!
For Men ages 19-39 you must have run previous race with a PB of or better than 2.55 or a half marathon of sub 1.23. As for the ladies you must have run previous race with a PB of or better than 3.23 or a half marathon of sub 1.37.
For runners over 40 – 50 yrs their is no reprieve.
Qualifying times are 3.10 for men and 3.38 for women. Half marathon times of 1.30 for men and 1.44 for women are what you need to have a look in.
Best Race to Qualify For New York Marathon
With those high standards the race you choose to meet the qualifying times is very important. My number one tip is look for a race with good weather and a flat course. Those two factors will greatly improve your chances of htting your target.
Some of Flat Marathon Course that can give you an advantage
1. Honolulu Marathon – It was the writers no one pick because of a flat course
2. Chicago Marathon -Flat course but beware, the marathon has a history of horrible weather on Dday.
3. Marine Corps Marathon
4. Twin Cities marathon – Down side of this marathon is Leave your iphone home, ear phones are banned from twin cities.
5. Las Vegas marathon – It is the only marathon in the world where you can run and get married. For those married they can renew their wedding vows.
6. Miami Marathon
7. Berlin marathon
8. Rotterdam marathon.
Chicago marathon may be flat but the weather is very unpredictable.
Remember there is only one secret to improving your marathon performance: TRAINING.