Boston Marathon- A Historical Timeline

Check out this new time line with historical events from the world’s oldest marathon!

Mark your calendar for future Boston Marathon dates

Here you go:

April 16, 2012
April 15, 2013
April 21, 2014
April 20, 2015
April 18, 2016
April 17, 2017
April 16, 2018
April 15, 2019
April 20, 2020
April 19, 2021
April 18, 2022

The Next Boston Marathon- 2012

For all you avid Boston marathoners who have just finished nursing your aching muscles back to health, here is news about the registration process for the 2012 marathon, The fastest marathon in the world is also the most popular and the Boston Atheletic Association has been forced to toughen up the registration process to deal with the vast numbers. According to the BAA the new registration process for the 2012 Boston Marathon is “more systematic and performance-based.”

Registration will begin on Monday, September 12, 2011 and will carry on till Friday, September 23 and will be conducted through a ‘rolling admission’ schedule. According to this, fastest qualifiers will be accommodated first though timings have not changed. On the first day, those who have exceeded their qualifying standards for their specific age and gender group by at least 20 mins will be allowed entry on September 12. On September 14, this time will drop to 10 mins and on the fifth day, i.e. September 16, it will further drop to 5 mins.

Once the registration window is closed, the fastest runners in relation to the qualifying standard to their age/gender will be entered into the race once their times are verified.

Registration Process for the 2012 Boston Marathon

Date registration opens for runners with times…
September 12, 2011 20 min., 00sec. or more below their qualifying time (based on age/gender)
September 14, 2011 10 min., 00 sec. or more below their qualifying time (based on age/gender)
September 16, 2011 5 min., 00 sec. or more below their qualifying time (based on age/gender)
Second Week
September 19, 2011 All Qualified Runners
September 23, 2011 Registration closes for qualified applicants

If the field size is not reached after the first week and additional space remains, then registration will open to all qualifiers at the beginning of Week Two (September 19) and those who have met the qualifying standards by any amount of time will be able to apply for entry. The application process will remain open for the entire week, closing on Friday, September 23. At the conclusion of Week Two, those who are the fastest among the pool of applicants in their age and gender will be accepted. All accepted athletes will be notified on September 28.
If space remains available after this two week process, registration will remain open to any qualifier on a first come, first served basis until the maximum field size is reached.

2013 Boston Marathon
Qualifying times for the 2013 Boston Marathon, will be lowered and must be run on or after September 24, 2011. Like the 2012 ‘rolling admission’ registration process, race entrants will be accepted based on qualifying times, with the fastest qualifiers being accepted first until the race is full.

Registration for the 2013 Boston Marathon will begin on Monday, September 10, 2012. The adjusted qualifying times will go into effect on September 24, 2011, and are as follows:

2013 Qualifying Times (effective September 24, 2011)

Age Group Men Women
18-34 3hrs 05min 00sec 3hrs 35min 00sec
35-39 3hrs 10min 00sec 3hrs 40min 00sec
40-44 3hrs 15min 00sec 3hrs 45min 00sec
45-49 3hrs 25min 00sec 3hrs 55min 00sec
50-54 3hrs 30min 00sec 4hrs 00min 00sec
55-59 3hrs 40min 00sec 4hrs 10min 00sec
60-64 3hrs 55min 00sec 4hrs 25min 00sec
65-69 4hrs 10min 00sec 4hrs 40min 00sec
70-74 4hrs 25min 00sec 4hrs 55min 00sec
75-79 4hrs 40min 00sec 5hrs 10min 00sec
80 and over 4hrs 55min 00sec 5hrs 25min 00sec
*Unlike previous years, an additional 59 seconds will NOT be accepted for each age group time standard.

Additionally, to recognize and to encourage longtime Boston Marathon entrants, the B.A.A. will allow those who have met the qualifying times and who have finished the last ten consecutive Boston Marathons to enter anytime during the registration period. Currently, there are approximately 500 runners who have run 10 or more consecutive Boston Marathons.

Run Alex Run!

Alex White at the Boston Marathon 2011. Credit: Anne-Marie Singh

If you were to ask Alex White about this year’s marathon experience, he would call it “a gift.”

Last month,  Kristen  and I were fortunate enough to get Alex White to talk about his preparation for the Boston Marathon. If you missed his interview, check out the YouTube video here.

Last week, White ran the Boston Marathon for a second time. He admitted that he ran his previous marathons with little training. This year, however, he took his training seriously and started doing track workouts with Somerville Road Runners in order to perform better at this year’s Boston.

As White prepared for this year’s Boston, everything was looking promising. The scheduled weather was temperate. He set a timing record for 2 hours and 35 minutes, twelve minutes shorter than his current personal record. He had a good schedule. He was looking forward to running with members of his club. More importantly, he wanted to finish without being taken away in a wheelchair!

However, on the morning of the race, Murphy’s Law seemed to take over White’s efforts. The watch he wears in order to pace himself would not work. He had to run the race without knowing his time. At first, he ran OK because he started with a friend who ran about the same pace.

However, he had to go off-pace for a while.

Three miles into the race, he started to feel unwell. His digestive system gave him several problems. He had to take several unanticipated rest stops—something that would certainly affect his timing. After several stops, he didn’t know how he was going to finish. Alex’s quote from the video, “food is poop,” mocked him in his efforts.

After a few rest stops, port-a-potty stops (or “speedy dumps” in White’s words), his pace picked up. We shot this picture of him at mile 21. He even saw us when we screamed his name.

He joked in an email “Good thing this photo is of me in great despair…ha ha, but I love it-great shot for how I felt pretty much the whole race.”

At mile 22, Alex caught up with his friend. Once he realized how much he caught up, he started running with more confidence.

However, it did not happen easily. Alex admits to feeling dehydrated during the race. He estimated that he lost 10 – 11 pounds during the run.

Then, he saw the clock that read “50 meters to go” and he realized how well he paced. He did not know until that clock that he was nearly running his goal time and that he would cross the finish line. He started hearing “USA chants” as he ran. He said, “My stomach was destroyed, but my spirits were lifted.”

So he crossed the finish line and did not need to be wheelchaired out. Molly, from our podcast, waited for him at the finish line in Copley Square. He considered the finish “magical, everything worked out.”

White made his personal record of 2 hours and 36 minutes. He finished 160th out of nearly 27,000 participants. According to Alex, “I feel that PR was donated to me.” Though he credits that his training efforts set him up, he thought that his stomach was going to set him back. White claims that the day and its experience was “surreal, don’t know how it happened. Time floated, time melted.”

White attributes his good performance, even with adverse circumstances, to his training with the Somerville Roadrunners. Training with that group for the last six months really enhanced his performance.

What’s next for Alex White? He will be running the Chicago Marathon in the fall. He is also playing ultimate frisbee with the Boston Ultimate Disc Alliance. His team’s name is “Driving Miss Daisy.”

Additionally, his quote “food is poop” is very popular with his running group.

Popular Qualifying Marathons for the Boston Marathon

Interested in running a future Boston Marathon? Well, you have to meet specified running requirements at an approved course. Below is a map that Kristen Stivers and I made of popular qualifying marathons. Click on a little runner icon for more information about the marathon! There are also marathons in Canada; we only did ones in the United States.

Alex White- The Marathon Man

In the lead up to the Boston Marathon 2011, my classmate Kristen Stivers and I pulled Alex White away from his busy schedule to ask him about his love for marathons. Alex ran the Boston 2011 marathon and finished it at an amazing timing of 2:36:34, breaking his previous record by 11 mins!

Boston Marathon Restaurant Guide

Much like your car needs gasoline to fuel it for driving, marathon runners need carbohydrates to fuel their 26.2 mile journey to the finish line. With the 115th annual Boston Marathon happening this Monday, where can Boston’s runners get a good deal on some good carbs? (Or, where can non-runners avoid crowds?) Strangely enough, not the North End. Don’t search through Google and Yelp on your own! Kristen and I did the hard work for you! Please use this blog post as your one-stop shop to Boston’s best carbo-loading specials. Remember, it’s best to load two days before. This blog post was created with the help of Yelp, City’s Best,  Boston Chefs, and Google Maps.

Address: 406 Stuart St, Boston MA

Phone: (617) 399-0015

Neighborhood: Back Bay

MBTA: Copley (GREEN) Back Bay (Orange)

Yelp Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 204 Reviews

Special: Fettuccini with skinless, poached chicken breast in a sundried tomato sauce, $10 with marathon bib

More info here

Address: 120 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA

Phone: (617) 425-3240

Neighborhood: Back Bay

MBTA: Prudential Center (GREEN, E Line)

Yelp Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 191 Reviews

Special: various pasta dishes between $12.95 and $18.95

More info here

Address: 1 Charles St., Boston, MA

Phone: (617) 267-4810

Neighborhood: Near Boston Common

MBTA: Boylston (GREEN)

Yelp Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 101 Reviews

Special: $12 all-you-can eat pasta

More info here

Address: 215 Charles St., Boston, MA (Inside Liberty Hotel)

Phone: (617) 224-4000


MBTA: Charles/MGH (RED)

Yelp Rating: 3 Stars out of 160 Reviews

Special: Various pasta dishes

More info here

Address: 162 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA

Phone: (617)  350-0007

Neighborhood: Back Bay

MBTA: Back Bay (ORANGE), Arlington (GREEN), Tufts Medical Center (ORANGE/SILVER)\

Yelp Rating: 4 Stars out of 80 Reviews

Special: Various pasta dishes

More info here

Address: 25 Charles St., Boston, MA

Phone: (617) 723-7575

Neighborhood: Beacon Hill

MBTA: Arlington (GREEN), Park St. (RED/GREEN),

Yelp Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 122 Reviews

Special: Small pasta dishes for $14 and large for $24

More info here

Address: 541 Tremont St., Boston, MA

Phone: (617) 423-0069

Neighborhood: South End

MBTA: Back Bay (ORANGE), Arlington (GREEN)

Yelp Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 557 Reviews

Special: various pasta dishes and a blues band!

More info here

Boston Marathon 2011

Hello Boston!

This weekend, April 15-19, is Patriots’ Day Weekend! Patriots’ Day, always the third Monday in April, commemorates the “shot heard ‘round the world,” aka first battles of the Revolutionary War. Festivities to celebrate this important moment in American History include battle reenactments, Paul Revere’s ride, and The Boston Marathon.

Monday, April 18th is the 115th Annual Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon, managed by the Boston Athletic Association and sponsored by Adidas, is the world’s oldest marathon. This highly competitive marathon requires strict qualifying race times for entry. The marathon has also increased in popularity and this year’s sold out in about eight hours.

The grueling 26.2 miles of New England terrain starts in Hopkington, Mass. and ends in Boston’s Copley Square. Cities along the route include Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, and Brookline. Check out the marathon course map here. The course starts getting rather hilly between Newton and Brookline, between miles 20 and 22. The first wave of runners will start at 10:00 A.M. and the final, third waves starts at 10:40 A.M.

For more Marathon Monday coverage, stay tuned as Kristen Stivers and I blog about the marathon for our online journalism class for Professor Brett Rhyne at BU.

Injury Prevention for Marathon Runners

With the Boston Marathon just a few weeks away, Kristen Stivers and I worked on a slideshow which teaches runners some vital stretches necessary to prevent injuries while running. The slideshow was posted on Commonhealth, WBUR’s health blog on March 15, 2011.  Click here to view the tutorial