What was the first year that qualifying was required for the Boston Marathon?
A qualifying time of 3:30 was instituted for the 1971 Boston Marathon. Entry was also permitted for anyone who broke 65 min. in a 10-mile race.
You do not have to qualify to run. However, seeded start corrals are offered to the fastest runners on a first-come, first-served basis and assignments are not guaranteed. Race result certificates with qualifying times can be faxed to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon office, but will not be accepted after 8/19.
No. The Boston Marathon is held on Patriot's Day, a Massachusetts state holiday. This is the third Monday in April. October 18, 2010 was the first (and last) day that qualified runners could register for the 2011 event. The marathon reached capacity of roughly 26,000 runners within a little over eight hours of online signups.
The legend is that in 490 BC, a Greek messenger named Pheidippides (or Philippides) ran about 24 miles from Marathon to Athens to bring news of an Athenian army victory over the Turks. Supposedly he then collapsed and died of exhaustion. It's probably not exactly true, but everyone who studies Greek history reads the story. In the first modern Olympics in 1896, the organizers came up with the idea of a race from Marathon to…
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