- This is a great place to start looking for upcoming races. Competitor.com offers a comprehensive list of all the races till the end of the year. Go take a look what races are available for you to consider.
- [Update] 2015.05.02 The Registration Date has not been set, apparently.
Q: When will registration open for the 2016 Boston Marathon?
A: Registration for the 2016 Boston Marathon will open next fall, but the date has not yet been determined. Please monitor our website, baa.org, for an opening date announcement over the summer.
- My ultimate race to run was the Boston Marathon, aiming for the next year, and it is why I’ve decided to chronicling my journey to cross the finish line. However, I’ve just learned (they announced it today) that the registration opens on Monday, September 8 for the 119th Boston Marathon, which will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015, meaning I won’t be able to register because the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) has set a field size of 30,000 entrants for it and will use the same process to register qualified runners as it used for the previous three races, allowing the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group to register first. In other words, it’ll be filled up pretty quickly, probably within a couple of days, and my results at the Long Beach Marathon won’t matter till 2016 because it’ll be on October 12. So, I have to wait for another year to give it a run. And according to their 2014 Boston Marathon Qualifying Times, I’ll still be in the 40-44 bracket, which means I will have to run under 3 hours and 15 minutes and 00 seconds at the upcoming Long Beach Marathon as well as any other races before the next year’s registration some time in September for 2016. So, my journey has gotten a bit longer to complete. Of course, it isn’t about the destination but the journey itself, but now it is definite that the medal that I am looking forward to having around my neck once I cross the finish line has to wait for another year.
- [Update] 2015.05.02 I registered for this race past Monday or so, as one of the Boston Marathon Qualifiers to run before the Registration opens. It’ll be a perfect race to test if my 20-week training program pays off.
- [Update] 2015.05.02 I registered for this race about a month ago as a backup race in case I don’t make it at the Sanata Rosa Marathon.
- [Update] Since last year when I couldn’t run the race due to the plantar fasciitis injury, it remained as an unfinished business. So, I registered it quite a bit of ago when I received an email for its early registration. Although it has nothing to do with the 2016 Boston Marathon qualification, in case where I do not make it at wither the Santa Rosa or the Ventura, it’ll serve as a consoling race that I would run to qualify for the 2017 Boston Marathon.
- [Update] 2015/2/8 I ended up getting injured during the race, so it didn’t go well as I hoped. You can read about the result here.
- This is the race that I am aiming to achieve the qualifying time for the 2016 Boston Marathon. Regrettably, I had to sit out of this year’s Long Beach Marathon due to the injury in my left foot.
2014 Long Beach Marathon
- This is the race that I have started training for the last couple of weeks, officially since last week. I had it in mind for quite some time because I have a couple of friends who started their training recently and also I had this lingering thought of running another marathon pretty soon, but I didn’t know whether or not I could juggle both hiking and training for a marathon. And now I am at the point where it is very much doable, I will make sure that I won’t miss out on anything. As I wrote it above, I am a bit bummed by the announcement followed by the realization, which I should’ve given it a thought before committing myself to the idea of running a marathon. However, it will be a good assessment as to where I am and what needs to be improved. Especially when I know that the Boston Marathon is more than a year away now, I will look towards other races as well. The Long Beach marathon is known for its flat route, or one of the flattest races out there with the highest point that is only 84 feet high. So, for now, my goal is to run under 3 hours and 15 minutes.