The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire

Welcome to the Boston Qualifier Questionnaire a place where runners share their stories of qualifying for the Boston Marathon.

For many runners, myself included, a Boston Marathon qualifying time (a “BQ”) is the pinnacle of achievement in the sport. I think it is safe to say I am obsessed with getting a BQ. One day on the roads I thought it might be interesting to start asking other runners I “know” either in real life or on the internet about their experience getting into the race. Hence was born the BQ Questionnaire, or BQ(Q) for short. Since then, runners from all over the world have read, and contributed, to the project. The project has been featured on and world famous runners like Amby Burfoot have shared their stories.

On this page I feature the most recent responses to the BQ(Q) and organize all responses I have gotten by sex and age grouping. Some of the runners interviewed here are gifted and BQed on their first marathon.  Others tried for years. We can learn from all of them.

Below the responses is a blank form of the BQ(Q). If you have run a BQ, please fill it out and email it to me at miloandthecalf at gmail dot com



11/24/2015 Jonathan B (Male, 31)

11/23/2015 (Alex Varner, 25 Nike Trail)

11/18/2015 Mark Washburne (

11/16/2015 Sage Canaday (Male, 21, Hoka One One)

11/11/2015 Joe M (Male, 32)

Women 18-34

Jana T

Janae J (Hungry Runner Girl)

Jane (50 State Canuck)

Kristine (Kristine’s Not So Deep Thoughts)


Laura (Frayed Laces)

Lauren R


Stephanie T

Candice S

Tara C

Men 18 – 34

Alex Varner (Nike Trail)

Amby Burfoot (Winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon)

Andy H

Abe M

Alex H



Chuck I



Daniel H

Darrell R

Dave M

Doug O

Doug S

Greg R

Bash Z

Jaime R

James N

Jason B

Jeremy D

Joe M

Jonathan B

Jordan A

Josh H 

Justin G

Cory M

James S

Jeff E (Logic of Long Distance)

Mark D (Mark to Boston)

Matt L

Mike A

Mike G

Mike D

Mike F

Mike Wardian (Hoka One One)

Rich E

Roger S

Sage Canaday (Hoka One One)

Simon O

Tim T

Tom G


Men 35-40

Bob H

Chris H

Don S

Eric H

Eric M

Greg M

Guillaume R

James D

Joe H


Julian N

Keith G


Kevin B

Kevin G


Michael H

Michael S

Rich A

Serguei A

Theron B

Wade O

Wally D

Women 35-40

Jennifer B

Julie B

Kimberly B

Laura S

Lulu Y



Terzah B

Women 40-44

Cindy W


Jody (Cross My Heart Fitness)

Men 40-44

Bob E

Dave P

Dirk H

Jay S. 

Jim H

Lance H

Greg C

Michael P

Paul G

Rob E

Tim E

Dave E

Shawn B

Women 45-50

Dari W



Obsessive Research Mommy

Men 45-50

Bob D 

Glen S

Justin B

Mark W

Steve W

Thomas A

William M

Women 50-54



Lani T

Men 50-54

Paul F

Joe M

Keith A


Michael F.

Ted B. 

Women 55-60



Men 55- 60



Men 60-64

Don G

The BQ Questionnaire

Thank you for agreeing to fill out the BQ Questionnaire. Please answer the questions in as much detail as you can and email your response to miloandthecalf at gmail com. I and other runners working towards a BQ could learn from your experience. Thanks again for taking part!

  1. Give us the vitals:
    1. Name (and website/blog/twitter if applicable):
    2. Sex:
    3. Age (at the time of first BQ):
    4. Height:
    5. Weight (at the time of first BQ):
  2. At which marathon did you get your first BQ? What was your finishing time? Tell us a little about the race.
  3. How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? Did you run in college or high school?
  4. What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ?
  5. How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ?
  6. Approximately how many races did you run in that year?
  7. Did you follow a canned program? If so, which one? If not, can you give us an idea of what your training philosophy was?
  8. Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach?
  9. Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how?
  10. Did speed work play a role or specific workouts play a role in your training? If so, how?
  11. Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ?

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  4. Ann says:

    Thanks so much for compiling this. I am in the process of training for a BQ. I have run for over 20 years but this is the first year I really have the bug. Interestingly it has nothing to do with the bombing. Instead it was watching my husband return this year crossing the finish line in 3:06. I was so impressed I was inspired to try myself.

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