BBQ :: Better than a BQ

No, not hot wings or grilled chicken, I’m talking about qualifying for the most coveted race for distance runners. The Boston Marathon in all it’s glory! Qualifying times are hard to reach, but if you finish in your time is a feat in itself. My mom’s goal was to do a Better than a Boston Qualifying time…. affectionaly named BBQ. 

My mom was trying to get a BBQ this December at the Dallas White Rock Marathon. It was her 2nd marathon, but she is strong enough to qualify for Boston. It is just incredible to watch her determination. Her stride was strong even at the end of the race despite the ridiculous weather conditions.

No excuses, but we all know that weather is a huge factor in races. This race was driving freezing, cold rain on runners all through the start, during all 4 hours, and barely let up at the finish of the race. Brrrr…. this is 1 reason I did my first marathon in Cali!!

She was on track with her splits up until mile 23 when she thought she had to go to the restroom. All the wet clothes and freezing fingers made this trip difficult and costly time wise. She needed a 4:05 to qualify or sub-4:05 for a BBQ…. she ran a 4:09… missing her Boston Qaulification by 4 minutes. Which, considentially was the time it took for the unnessary potty break.

She was so bummed, but I was so proud of her! She beat her previous marathon time by 12 minutes. This is a huge accomplishment for any distance runner! We will have to save our Boston trip for next year.

All I know, is that I have incredible genes! So excited to see what lies ahead for our racing family.

The new Boston Qualifying Changes…. its getting faster and more difficult to qualify. As it should to keep the tradition on the fastest runners in the country!

2012 Qualifying Times (effective September 25, 2010)

Age Group Men Women
18-34 3hrs 10min 3hrs 40min
35-39 3hrs 15min 3hrs 45min
40-44 3hrs 20min 3hrs 50min
45-49 3hrs 30min 4hrs 00min
50-54 3hrs 35min 4hrs 05min
55-59 3hrs 45min 4hrs 15min
60-64 4hrs 00min 4hrs 30min
65-69 4hrs 15min 4hrs 45min
70-74 4hrs 30min 5hrs 00min
75-79 4hrs 45min 5hrs 15min
80 and over 5hrs 00min 5hrs 30min
* Additional .59 seconds will not be accepted for those submitting an entry from September 12 through September 17.

 Read more about the Boston Athletic Association and what it takes to qualify on their website, found here.


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