10 Best Boston Qualifiers

Want to get to Boston? Here are some of the most popular qualifying races, according to the Boston Athletic Association. Looking for something else? Find another marathon near you.

San Luis Obispo Marathon

San Luis Obispo, California – April 22, 2012

This inaugural San Luis Obispo Marathon is already expected to draw some top Boston contenders. Runners will enjoy a beautiful course featuring rolling hills, vineyards, Morros and scenic vistas. This event will benefit Team In Training. Read More

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31st Wineglass Marathon

Bath, New York - September 30, 2012

Capped at 2,500 entries, this local event is a fast, point-to-point course from Bath to Corning, New York. It is fairly flat with an overall net elevation drop of about 250 feet. The course runs through several small towns and along scenic country roads. Read More

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Mohawk Hudson River Marathon

Schenectady, New York – October 7, 2012

This scenic 26.2-miler stays close to the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers, offering breathtaking views on the run, and finishing at downtown Albany's beautiful Riverfront Park. Read More

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Portland Marathon

Portland, Oregon – October 7, 2012

This award-winning race is known as a leader in sustainability and green race practices. It is a must-do event for anyone who wants to run in the Pacific Northwest, and could be your shot at a spot in Boston. Read More

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Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – October 7, 2012

This flat and scenic point-to-point course takes runners throughs rural countrysides and quiet northshore neighborhoods. It finishes along the shores of Lake Michigan, north of the Milwaukee Art Museum at Veterans Park. Read More

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Steamtown Marathon

Scranton, Pennsylvania – October 7, 2012

The course's long, steep downhills will have you rolling right through this race and into Boston in this mid-size marathon, one of Pennsylvania's fall classics. Read More

ING Hartford Marathon

Hartford, Connecticut – October 13, 2012

Experience the fall foliage at this one-of-a-kind event, which was named the "Greenest Marathon in America" by The Council for Responsible Sport in 2009. Read More

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Baystate Marathon

Lowell, Massachusetts – October 21, 2012

This classic New England race is a dream for Boston hopefuls with its local feel and flat, fast course. Read More

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Detroit Marathon Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon

Detroit, Michigan – October 21, 2012

Now in its 35th year, this popular annual event will take you international as it runs both downtown Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. Runners cross the border at both the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. Read More

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Walt Disney World Marathon

Orlando, Florida – January 13, 2013

Run Disney for a magical race experience. With the support of Mickey and Minnie along the way, you'll be through with 26.2 miles in no time. Read More

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