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.

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.

Three Tips for Running Your First 5K

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First 5K
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Graeme Queen works in Portland, Oregon, as the senior director of IT solutions delivery for an insurance company. In addition to his professional work, Graeme Queen is an avid runner who has completed multiple 5K, 10K, and marathon runs.

If you are getting ready for your first 5K run, these tips will help you do your best on race day.

1. Arrive Early – Race events are often packed with spectators, runners, and staff. Getting there early ensures you will have enough time to make it to the starting line before the race starts. It also helps to know which streets are closed for the race, something the race organizers will be able to tell you.

2. Have Fun – You have trained hard for this day and your nerves may be firing, making it hard to calm down and just enjoy the event. Do not worry about how you will perform. At your first race, you should not expect to come in first place. Work hard and push yourself, but do not be too hard on yourself or let nerves ruin your day. Wherever you finish provides a milestone you can improve upon next time.

3. Volunteer for a Race – Before you run your first race, consider volunteering at one to get a close look at how they operate. You will learn about the whole event and process more deeply than you would simply as a spectator. This can help you avoid novice mistakes by giving you an inside look at the process before your actual race.

Qualifying for the Boston Marathon

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Boston Marathon
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Graeme Queen brings over 20 years of experience as an IT professional to his current role as senior director of IT solution delivery. In his free time, Graeme Queen runs 40 to 60 miles per week and hopes to qualify for the prestigious Boston Marathon, the oldest annual marathon in the world.

To qualify for the Boston Marathon, a runner must achieve a minimum time based on his or her age group on a course certified by either the Association of International Marathons and Runners (AIMS) or USA Track and Field (USATF). For example, to qualify in the 18-34 age group, men must finish in three hours and five minutes while women must finish in three hours and 35 minutes. Although qualification for the race requires a runner to achieve this standard, doing so does not guarantee acceptance into the race. The runners with the best qualification times are accepted first.

The 2017 Boston Marathon will be held on April 17. For additional details on the event, and to view a full list of qualification times, visit www.baa.org.