This article is from the Running
FAQ, by Ozzie Gontang with numerous contributions by
35 Major Marathons & partial World Marathon Schedule
Boston Marathon ==================
Boston Athletic Association
P.O. Box 1996 Hopkington, MA 01748
Tel: 508-435-6905 Fax: 508-435-6590
The Boston Marathon is held on Patriots day (3rd monday in April).
Starting time: Noon Boston Marathon qualifying times.
Age Men Women Wheelchair Divison
18-34 3:10 3:40 CLASS MEN WOMEN
35-39 3:15 3:45 1 (Quad Class) 3:00 3:10
40-44 3:20 3:50 2-5 2:10 2:35
45-49 3:30 4:00
50-54 3:35 4:05
55-59 3:45 4:15
60-64 4:00 4:30
65-69 4:15 4:45
70-74 4:30 5:00
75-79 4:45 5:15
80+ 5:00 5:40
Note: Qualifying time based on age on the day of the Boston Marathon.
Example: You run a qualifying race at the age of 44 in 3:22. You then have
a birthday before the Boston Marathon, making you 45. You qualify, because
your required qualification time is 3:25.
Chicago Marathon =========
101 W. Grand Ave. Ste. 600 (Carey Pinkowski)
Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 527-2200 [VOICE] (312) 527-9901 [FAX]
London Marathon ========
PO Box 3460
London, England SE1 8RZ 44 71 620 4117 fax: 44 71 620 4208
UK entrants: In Oct. get *proper* form from London, fill in,
enclose cheque. You should find out before Xmas if picked in the lottery.
. If you've run a sub 2h40 (men) or sub 3h10 (ladies) no need for lottery
as you qualify for the national championships (held in conjunction with
Non-UK entrants: Get on "official" trips to come to the UK
to run London from sports travel firms. If you book with sports travel firm
you will definitely get an entry. Going it alone then write:
Los Angeles Marathon March ======
11110 W. Ohio Avenue, #100
Los Angeles, CA 90025-3329 (310) 444-5544 AGE 18-59 60+
Marine Corps Marathon =======
Quantico, VA 22134 (703)640-2225
New York Marathon ======
P.O. Box 1766 GPO
New York, NY 10116 (212) 860-4455
For U.S. residents: Send a self-addressed #10 business-size
envelope (about 4" x 9.5") and a check or money order (no cash) for a $5.00
non-refundable handling fee. Make the check payable to: NYRRC.
Send AFTER midnight of "set start date." All requests must be
posted "start date" or later.
The NYRRC sets a "start date" for accepting requests for
applications, about May 15-20. Prospective applicants must send a SASE and
$5, postmarked ON OR AFTER this date, to a PO Box in NY. They send a blank
application, with no guarantee of anything, fairly promptly.
Fill it out and return it ASAP. A caveat: You must be a member of
UST&F, the USA's governing federation of running, to run in the NYCM. You
can apply for entry along with your marathon application; instructions and
UST&F application are sent with the blank NYCM application.
Applications accepted on the following basis:
Slots are reserved for non-USA runners (don't know how they are allocated).
12,000+ applications are accepted "first-come, first served" basis. The
NYRRC claims this is not a tough thing if you act promptly - i.e. send
request for ap on "Opening Day", and mail back the completed app. within a
day or two.
X,000 slots remain. Once above criteria filled, all applications received
go (figuratively) into a big, big box. In late July or early August, NYRRC
draws out the X,000 lucky envelopes. These entries are accepted. They draw
a few hundred more, I guess, to set up a waiting list in the event of
NB: the rest of the applications are returned with refunded entry fee.
San Francisco Marathon ====
City of San Francisco Marathon
P.O. Box 77148
San Francisco, CA 94107 (415) 391-2123
Honolulu Marathon )======
Honolulu Marathon Assoc.
3435 Wailae Ave. #208
Honolulu, HI 96816 808-734-7200
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