Qualifying for Boston: Mohawk Hudson River

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?

Mar 13, 2013
Outside Magazine
mohawk hudson marathon

The Mohawk Hudson Marathon.    Photo: Courtesy of the Mohawk Hudson Ma


LOCATION: Albany, New York
October 13

Like the Bay State Marathon, more than one-third of entrants in the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon qualify for Boston. The reason why: so many fast people from New York City make the three-hour drive north to take advantage of its flat route. The 26.2 miles mostly follow bike paths along the Mohawk and Hudson rivers from Schenectady to Albany, dropping a total of 370 feet in elevation, with only a few tiny climbs along the way.