No Boston Half Way House

The Boston Marathon is the runner’s marathon. It’s the only major marathon that the amateur can ever hope to qualify for. The other big four – London, New York, Chicago and Berlin – accept a small number of elite qualifiers and allocate the rest via ballots, to charities and to local running clubs. In Boston more than half of the entries are time-based qualifiers. It’s still hard to get in (the qualifying time is 3 hours 10 minutes for my age group) but a good amateur is at least a hope. We all want to qualify at least once, and...

The Boston Marathon is the runner’s marathon. It’s the only major marathon that the amateur can ever hope to qualify for. The other big four – London, New York, Chicago and Berlin – accept a small number of elite qualifiers and allocate the rest via ballots, to charities and to local running clubs.

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