How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon

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Boston Marathon
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Graeme Queen is an information technology professional who has mentored several coworkers into leadership positions in his capacity as a senior director. An avid runner, Graeme Queen is training to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Because the Boston Marathon’s field size grew significantly throughout the 1960s, organizers instituted an official qualifying time in 1970. Interested participants were required to submit certification from their district or college coach or the Amateur Athletics Union’s long distance running chairman that they trained enough to complete the marathon within 4 hours. The qualifying time was shortened to 3 hours and 30 minutes the following year and continued to fluctuate for men and women of different age groups throughout the next few decades.

For the 2018 Boston Marathon, men between the ages of 18 and 34 must achieve a qualifying race time of 3 hours and 5 minutes, while men 80 and over are given a time of 4 hours and 55 minutes. The qualifying times vary by 5, 10, and 15 minutes for ascending age groups, which, starting at 35, are grouped by five-year periods. Women, meanwhile, receive an additional 30 minutes in each age group.

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad

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Aaron Paul
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A senior director of an IT solution delivery team, Graeme Queen earned his MBA from Portland State University, where he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. In his free time, Graeme Queen enjoys watching drama series and counts Breaking Bad as one of his favorites.

Aaron Paul, who played Jesse Pinkman in the popular series, won three Primetime Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the character. Paul won the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series award in 2010, 2012, and 2014. It was a breakthrough role for the actor who had previously never had a lead role in a film or television series.

In fact, one of Paul’s minor roles earlier in his career played a part in him landing the role of Pinkman for Breaking Bad. In 2001, he played a guest role as David “Sky Commander Winky” Winkle on an episode of The X-Files, a show for which Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan wrote episodes. Gilligan recognized Paul when he came to audition for Breaking Bad, especially because the “Sky Commander Winky” moniker was the nickname of Gilligan’s real-life college friend.

SSMO Foundation’s 2017 Valley Catholic Gala

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Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon
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A senior director of IT solution delivery teams in Portland, Oregon, Graeme Queen is experienced in areas of software development and infrastructure outsourcing. Outside of the office, Graeme Queen contributes to local non-profit groups, such as the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO) Foundation.

Every year, the SSMO Foundation hosts a variety of fundraising events to support the educational services that it provides to the community. One of their most important fundraising events is the Valley Catholic Gala, which provides funding for Valley Catholic School’s operating expenses and financial aid packages for select students.

This year’s Valley Catholic Gala took place on Saturday, February 11th at Montgomery Park. People from the local community came together to celebrate the good work that the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon were doing in providing quality education at Valley Catholic.

At this year’s event two students spoke as representatives of the school’s student body. They shared the highs and lows of their experience at the institution. The night also included dinner, drinks, and a raffle.

Newport Marathon Prepares for 2017 Race on June 7

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Newport Marathon
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A graduate of Portland State University’s MBA program, Graeme Queen is an avid runner. Graeme Queen has competed in numerous races, including the Newport Marathon. He ran the race and finished with a time of 3:19:13 in 2014 and a time of 3:22:01 in 2015.

With its first race in 1999, the Newport Marathon has grown in number of participants over the years. It started with 318 registered participants, and it now caps the number at 1,000. Beginning at Yaquina Bay State Park, the Newport Marathon winds its way along the shores of Yaquina Bay. The race starts approximately 60 feet above sea level and includes a short steep hill at mile 4. Certified by USA Track & Field, the course is a Boston Marathon and Olympic Marathon trials qualifier.

The 2016 race, which took place on June 4, saw 502 runners completing the race, with 256 women crossing the finish line. Daniel Kinsella finished with a time of 2:27:42 while on the women’s side, Katie Wolfe ended with a time of 2:58:20. The 2017 race is scheduled for June 7, 2017.