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Boston Marathon 2013

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Sep 2012
11:13pm, 10 Sep 2012
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Sweaty Frank
Received my acceptance from the BAA for the 2013 Boston Marathon. I had booked my room 3 weeks ago. Who else if going to Boston next year?
Sep 2012
7:15am, 11 Sep 2012
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HappyG(rrr)
Frank, Could u pls post some details. Would love to do Boston one yr. I know there's a qualifying time in various age categories. But: how do u provide evidEnce, what is entry fee, how much have flights and accom cost you etc.

Best of luck with it. Enjoy! :-)G
Sep 2012
7:36am, 11 Sep 2012
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Foxy
Need to get 32 mins quicker or 30 years older to get back in ;)

Apart for the fact it was a tad warm this year I did enjoy it :)
Sep 2012
1:12am, 12 Sep 2012
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Sweaty Frank
HappyG, the qualifying standards are age and sex graded. Here is a link to the table. baa.org
The cost is $150 USD for US citizens, and I think $200 for all others. Flights for me are very inexpensive, as I am living in the states ;-) Accommodations run a wide range, depending on how close to the finish in the Back Bay area you want to stay. Typically, rooms run between $350 and $500 USD per night. I have found a small guest house that is only about $190 USD but they sell out quickly, so I book my room even before I register for the race. (I have run it 5 times so I have a learned a few things.)
Sep 2012
12:02pm, 12 Sep 2012
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Sweaty Frank
Foxy, there is no shame in having a bad time in Boston this year. I was as well prepared as I've ever been, and was expecting to take a shot at my PB, but instead got a PW, my slowest marathon ever.
Sep 2012
12:35pm, 12 Sep 2012
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Kenny_Boy
Possibly stupid question... Is "qualification" the only route to enter Boston?
Sep 2012
5:11pm, 12 Sep 2012
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HappyG(rrr)
That's why I want to do it KB! To my knowledge it's the only mass participation race that is qualification only.

Thanks SF - the entry fee isn't tooo bad, but wow, B&Bs are expensive in the US of A then?! You can get a luxury B&B in Scotland for about £30-40 a night (per person $50 - 70 USD?)

Maybe as a holiday treat for Mrs(rrr) and me one day. :-)G
Sep 2012
11:27pm, 12 Sep 2012
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Sweaty Frank
Kenny, you can also get entry through one of the recognised charity organisations, but if you do, you do not get to start with the qualified runners. The charity runners start a half-hour later. The BAA site has recommendations regarding charities.
HappyG, the prices in big cities like Boston are, of course, much higher than in other areas. A nice B&B in the country would probably be comparably priced to those in the UK.
Sep 2012
11:38pm, 12 Sep 2012
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HappyG(rrr)
And renting a car for a week, and fuel presumably are relatively cheap in the US of Automobile? This is sounding more and more lovely...! 2014 maybe! :-)G
Sep 2012
10:27am, 13 Sep 2012
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Kenny_Boy
Thanks guys

That's what I thought but just wanted confirmation from those in the know.

So.... 3.15 for me! Holy crap! I'm at 3.57 right now but hoping for sub 3.45 in Berlin. Maybe 2014... or I could wait 4 years till I'm 45 for 3.25!

I do find the idea of it being all fast runners attractive (FAST, I said fast - not "good" or "proper" - we're all good and proper runners!)

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