2008 Boston Marathon Women's Finish <videoflash>LyYJiKxHZz0</videoflash>
The first Boston Marathon took place in 1897 and only had 15 participants. John J. McDermott won the race in 2:55:10. In 1927 the Boston Marathon officially lengthened its course to match the Olympic course of 26.2 miles, and in 2007, there were almost 30,000 participants in this race.
To qualify to run the Boston Marathon, entrants must run a qualifying time at a certified marathon. Qualifying times are determined by the participant's age on the date of the Boston Marathon in which they will be participating.
|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+||5hrs 00min||5hrs 30min|
- BostonMarathon.org - official website of the Boston Marathon