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The Boston Marathon is special to many people – runners and non-runners alike. Marathon runners from all over the world aspire to earn their ticket to Boston, and running Boston is often the highlight of their running careers. But if someone asks why Boston is such a big deal, not everyone has the answer on the tip of their tongues. I’m an exception. Here are five reasons why I think Boston has earned its status at the top of the marathon running heap:
1. You have to qualify to run Boston.
The first reason Boston is so unique is that it’s a qualified race. In other words, in order to register for the race, you must have already run a marathon at a particular (relatively fast) pace. The Boston qualifying standard drives many people throughout their careers as a mark of achievement. But while the Boston Athletic Association wants the race to be challenging to get in, it doesn’t want to exclude non-elite runners.
While race organizers tightened the standards to qualify in 2012, they still aim to allow approximately the top 5 to 10 percent of runners into the race. Think about that in contrast to the marathon at the Olympics, where only the top two runners from the United States participate. That’s a much stricter standard, and it’s also an example of how high the bar can be for elite competitors.
2. Even you can run the Boston Marathon.
Despite Boston being a race that requires a qualifying time, it’s achievable for non-elite runners. That makes Boston unlike almost any other “elite” event because many of us have a shot of competing alongside the absolute best runners in the world. When you spot someone wearing a Boston T-shirt or jacket, you know they met a high standard to get there.
On this special “Quick Tips” episode of Run Time, Coach Joe English answers the question: Why is the Boston Marathon such a big deal to runners? And he answers it in just two quick minutes. If you’ve been asked what’s so special about the Boston Marathon, then we’ve got the answer for you.
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Ah the Boston Marathon. THE BOSTON MARATHON. There is no race with more mystique and cache to marathon runners than “Boston”. But why? And what happened in for the 2011 race that allowed it to sell out in a matter of hours. Isn’t this the very difficult to qualify for, pinnacle of running performance, Boston Marathon? Well, yes, it is. And on this week’s episode Coaches Joe and Dean talk about Boston.
On the episode this week:
– What makes the Boston Marathon special?
– Where does the mystique of Boston come from?
– Should the BAA lower the qualifying times for the Boston Marathon?
– Do Coaches Joe and Dean love the Boston Marathon? (Yes.)
This week’s episode was recorded live at Road Runner Sports in Tempe, Arizona. We thank Road Runner Sports for hosting us.
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BOSTON — The organizers of the Boston Marathon have announced the international elite field for the 2010 Marathon. 2009 Boston Marathon champions Deriba Merga of Ethiopia and Salina Kosgei of Kenya will return to defend their titles for the 114th running of the race on April 19.
Among other returning champions Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya, Dire Tune of Ethiopia, and Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia will also be contending for the title. Organizers announced separately back in December that Americans Ryan Hall and Meb Keflezighi will lead the American contingent at the event.
In the 2009 men’s race, Deriba Merga of Ethiopia clipped Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot’s three-in-a-row streak and ran away from the lead pack in the Newton hills, unchallenged to the finish. Merga is just one of three Ethiopians to interrupt Kenyan dominance of the event over the past two decades.