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New Qualifying Times For Boston Marathon

If you thought Boston qualifying times (3:05 for Men and 3:35 for women) were hard, you are in for some disappointment. Boston marathon organizers have introduced new Boston marathon qualifying times : Times have been lowered by as much as 20 minutes!

Although the official time has been lowered by 5 minutes. They have introduced a hybrid system that will reward faster runners.

This is how the new Boston marathon qualifying system works;

Runners who exceed the standards for their age and gender group by at least 20 minutes will be allowed to apply on the first two days, followed by those who surpassed the standard by 10 minutes, and followed on the fifth day by those who were five minutes faster than required.

If spots remain after the first week, any qualifying runner can apply.

This change of Boston qualifying times was necessitated by a shocking number of applications for 2011 Boston Marathon: The field of 27 000 filled up in eight hours, breaking the previous record of 65 days – by 64 days.

The organisers told Supersports website they don’t expect runners response to be that of “I give up” but “I am going to run faster.”

2011 Berlin Marathon Registration

The registration for 2011 BMW Berlin Marathon opened on Monday 10/18/2010. Berlin Marathon 2011 date will be on 25 September 2011. If you plan to enter and run at this premier marathon event hurry up because the registration is possible until 08.07.2011.

I expect the registration to close earlier than the deadline date because registration is first come first served. Another sweetener is that it will be cheap for the first 10,000 people at 60 euros.

For online registration go to BERLIN MARATHON REGISTRATION SITE. They also have an option of paper registration. You can download the PDF-File. Print it, fill it out and send it to the organizers by postal mail.

Another option for registering for 2011 Berlin Marathon is by buying a tour package organized by tour operators. Talk to your travel advisor.

Registration For 2011 London Marathon

According to Virgin London marathon organizers, the registration by public ballot system has closed.

Qualify as a Charity Runner At 2011 Virgin London Marathon

The good news is you can still secure a place to run in 2011 virgin London Marathon. You can get a place by running for a charity at 2011 London marathon.

You have choose one of the official Virgin London marathon charity. To qualify as a charity runner you will have to commit to raise a minimum contribution. You can do this by digging into your pockets or asking friends and family for donations.

To find a charity visit virgin london marathon charities.

Bupa Great North Run : Route Map : Course

The Bupa Great North run is the largest half marathon in the world. More than 100,000 people applied for the ballot entry to the run in 2010, and only 54,000 will be finally be able to take part.

The run, designated as ’THE most iconic half-marathon on the planet’ by the organizers, provides a great fun filled atmosphere.

The Bupa Great north run course starts from Newcastle upon Tyne and finishes at South Shields in England.

The following is a sketch map of Bupa Great North run route map & course

Image courtesy of Bupa Great North Run

To download a large image of Bupa Great north run course google official site Bupa Great North Run

You can also view a Google Map Image of Great north run course at Sam Judson Flickr page

Registration For 2011 Boston Marathon

Registrations for 2011 Boston Marathon will open Monday, October 18 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern, online at official Boston marathon organizers website. The 115th edition of the Boston Marathon will be on Monday, April 18, 2011.

Qualifying times for 2011 Boston marathon

The qualifying times remain just like they have been, read my post on qualifying times for Boston marathon.

Qualifying standards for the 2011 Boston Marathon must be met on or after September 20, 2009 at a marathon certified by USA Track & Field, the national governing body for the sport (or foreign equivalent).

The registration fee remains at $130 for American residents. The field size for next year’s Boston Marathon remains as it has been in recent past years.

Full registration information, including a list of qualifying marathons, and a list of the B.A.A.’s Official Charities for the Boston Marathon is at www.baa.org

Steamtown Marathon : Your Easy Ticket To Boston Marathon

If you are looking for a fast and easy marathon course to qualify for Boston Marathon, then you may consider Steamtown marathon. In fact, in 2006, 28 percent of all runners qualified for the Boston Marathon.

Reasons why Steamtown marathon is your answer for that elusive Boston marathon qualifier time.

What the press is saying

Runner’s World has called this race “One of the nation’s 10 fastest marathons.” The Running Times magazine reported that runners at Steamtown have finished faster than the national average for several years in a row.Running USA determined that Steamtown’s 2005 median time was at least 30 minutes faster than the national average and was the fastest of any 2005 U.S. marathon with at least 1,000 finishers.

What the runners have to say.

In a Runnersworld thread some runners reported to have set new PRs by upto 15mins.

The Steamtown marathon course

The course is not just flat it is downhill all the way (not the whole route but atleast most of the route) bad for quads but good for those who have prepared to run down hill.

The Perfect Scranton Pennsylvanian Weather

The race is held every October, when temperatures are relatively cool and the fall foliage is beginning to peak.

What the organizers promise

“The key to running Steamtown is managing the hills,” Cummings said. “Much of the first eight miles features significant downhills while the last few miles include several short, but challenging uphills. Many runners have set personal records here by wide margins. Others however, have failed to prepare for the hills and have crashed and burned, wondering how anyone could call Steamtown fast.”

For More information on race information, register, registratioon fee, visit steamtown marathon site

Registration : 2011 ING Miami Full & Half Marathon

Organizers of ING Miami marathon have an aggressive plan to get over 20,000 to register ofr the 2011 ING Miami half and full marathon.

Registrations for the 2011 race opened on the morning of 2010 event and this is the sweetener for early registrants

The first 200 registrants for the marathon and first 200 for the half marathon get a 50 percent discount — $27.50 for the 13.1-mile race and $40 for the full marathon.

The next 200 registrants for each event will pay $33 for the half and $48 for the full.

Those prices will be in effect through 11:59 p.m. Feb. 9.

5 demoralizing things in a Marathon Race

There are certain things that happen during a marathon race that demoralises runners especially the slow runners at the back of the park.

I got the following list from a slow runner a +5 hours marathon finisher who admits he is slow but he loves marathon running.

  1. Fast runners who decide to do their cool down on the course when you are trying to run in.
  2. Water stations that run out or are closed.
  3. Workers who are taking down the barriers early.
  4. Spectators who are cutting through the course on their way home while you are trying for a PR.
  5. Organizers who open the roads too early forcing the slow runners to walk on the roadside.

So next time, if you are a fast runner, dont do you cool down on the course be mindful of those slow runners.