Best Races to Qualify for Boston Marathon 2015

This list is for people who want to qualify this year, in 2014 and run in 2015. (Boston Qualifying Rules here, your qualifying race needs to be on or after Sept 14, 2013)

The CRITERIA I am using: up to September 7th, 2014 (registration opens in September 8th, 2014), fast, flat or downhill, still open, good reputation as a BQ. Feel free to send me races to add, or to tell me if these need to be edited!

Ordered by upcoming date:

Run for the Red Marathon, 5/18, Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA

Buffalo Marathon, 5/25,  Buffalo, NY

Mountains to Beach Marathon, 5/25, Ojai, California

Newport Marathon, 5/31, Newport, Oregon

Grandma’s marathon, 6/21, Minnesota

Run Charlevoix, 6/21, Charlevoix, Michigan

Foot Traffic Flat Marathon, 7/4, Portland, Oregon.

Light at the End of the Tunnel, 7/13, North Bend, WA. 

Chasing the Unicorn, 8/17, Bucks County, PA.

Santa Rosa Marathon, 8/24, Santa Rosa, 55 miles N of San Francisco, CA

Pocatello Marathon, 8/30, Pocatello, ID

Lehigh Valley Hospital Marathon, 9/7, Allentown, PA

Skagit Flats, 9/7, Burlington, WA

Sioux Falls Marathon, 9/7, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

(too late) Big Cottonwood Marathon, 9/13, Utah

(too late) Erie Marathon at Presque Isle, 9/14, Erie, PA

(too late) Top of Utah, 9/20, Cache Valley, Northern Utah

(too late) Fox Cities Marathon, 9/21, Appleton, WI

 What else? Any marathon I should add here?

-If you want to compare marathons, I’ve used this website before, just choose two and compare hills, course, temperature, etc, very useful.

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22 thoughts on “Best Races to Qualify for Boston Marathon 2015

      • Thank you! Yes to “flat and fast,” but I’ve heard the course is cambered, which won’t work well for me and my IT bands! They have oyster shooters at two point on the course, so if my BQ-chance is out the window, I can try those. Ha!


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  2. Here’s a brand-new race just 90 minutes north of NYC. The Walkway Marathon is a flat, fast, USATF-certified loop course that utilizes two shady, paved rail trails for most of the distance. The course crosses the Hudson River via the Walkway Over the Hudson — a 19th-century railroad bridge that has been converted into the world’s longest linear park. Awesome views, and many BQs expected.
    June 13, 2015 –


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