28 Sep '16, 6pm

2017 Boston Marathon Cut-Off Is 2:09 Under Qualifying Standards

The time standard is more lenient for 2017 than it was for the 2016 race, which required entrants to run 2:28 faster than their age group qualifying times. However, the time cut-off is still more than double that of 2015, which required times of 1:02 or faster than the qualifying time. (The Boston Marathon's registration policies allow the fastest runners relative to the qualifying standards for their age and sex to register first, which means the cut-off changes from year to year.) Out of 26,171 applicants, 23,214 runners were accepted into the 2017 race. This left 2,957 Boston-qualified runners rejected from the race, due to the large pool of applicants and the limited field size. The Boston Athletic Association caps the field at 30,000 runners—time qualifiers make up nearly 80 percent of the race, while the remaining field is comprised of invitational athletes, many of ...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/boston-marathon/2017-boston-m...

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