Q:

Qualifying for Boston: Bay State

Now that the weather’s starting to warm up, I’m planning to start training for a marathon this year. My goal is to qualify for Boston. Which races would give me the best chance for doing it?

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The Bay State Marathon.    Photo: Brian Sawyer/Flickr

A:

LOCATION: Lowell, Massachusetts
DATE:
October 20

While only sparsely attended, the Bay State Marathon is known, hands down, as the fastest marathon in the New England. Maybe it’s the mild October weather, or the board-flat 13.1-mile course (which you run twice) through the the town of Lowell and its surroundings, or something in the water—but whatever the reason, more than one-third of entrants qualify for Boston.

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