The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire: The Stories of Hundreds of Runners Who’ve Qualified for the Boston Marathon

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 competitor.com 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 collect all the responses by sex and age grouping. Responses from professional runners and legends of the sport are also featured on this page.

The most viewed responses from work-a-day age group runners are featured here. Some of the runners interviewed are gifted and BQed on their first marathon.  Others tried for years. We can learn from all of them.

For some statistical analysis of the results of the survey, head on over here.

I’ve also made all the responses available in a searchable googlesheet. 

You can share your story of qualifying for Boston by filling out the form available here. Or, if you’re old school, there’s a blank form of the BQ(Q) at the bottom of this page which you can fill our and email it to me at miloandthecalf at gmail dot com

Thanks!

NEWEST FIVE!

11/3/2017 Simon Ong (Male, 29)

11/3/2017 Raymon Ong, (Male, 24)

11/3/2017 Benard Osage (Male, 34)

10/17/2017 Dave Munger (Male, 44)

8/16/2017 Ashley N (Female 34)

Women 18-34

Ashley N

Carley

Courtney

Dorothea T

Heather 

Heidi

Jana T

Janae J (Hungry Runner Girl)

Jane (50 State Canuck)

Jessica

Kelly

Kim Gasper

Kristine (Kristine’s Not So Deep Thoughts)

Kristy

Laura (Frayed Laces)

Lauren R

Lindsay

Madeline Harris

Marina

Megan

Renee Harden

Robin Kutner

Rochelle

Sarah Bard

Sherry

Stephanie T

Candice S

Tanya S

Tara C

Men 18 – 34

Adam Mulia

Alan C

Alec 

Alex Atterbury

Alex Varner (Nike Trail)

Amby Burfoot (Winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon)

Andy H

Anton Krupicka (La Sportiva)

Abe M

Alex H

Andrew 1

Andrew 2

Andrew 3

Aaron

Aaron Huen 

Ben 

Ben 2

Benard Osage

Ben Hawn

Bennett

Bob S

Brad Lindeberg

Brady Bennett

Brendan Boyle

Brent Woodle

Brian

Brian Eutermoser

Brian N

Christian H

Christopher B

Chuck I

Craig

Dan

Dan (2)

Dan Varga

Dan Way

Daniel

Daniel H

Darrell R

Dave M

David Laney (Nike Trail)

David Pinsonneault

David S

Doug O

Doug S

Eddie

Frank

George

Graham Peck

Greg R

Bash Z

Hunter Hall

Jaime R

James Murray

James N

Jason B

Jason Martin

Jeremy D

Jason Guy

Joe M

John 

John L Kelly

Jonathan B

Jordan A

Josh H 

Josh R

JT

Justin G

Cory M

James S

Jeff E (Logic of Long Distance)

Kevin Barrett

Kyle B

Mark D (Mark to Boston)

Matt

Matt C

Matt L

Matthew Roberts

Michael Hahn

Michael R

Mike A

Mike G

Mike D

Mike F

Mike Petrina

Mike Voth

Mike Wardian (Hoka One One)

Nick D

Norman W

Peter Buehler

Phil

Raymond Ong

Rich E

Richard Safranik

Rob Bond

Robert Fried

Roger

Roger S

Rohit N

Rory Jenkins

Sage Canaday (Hoka One One)

Sam

Simon Ong

Simon O

Stephen

Steve

Tim

Tim Cali

T Lindsay

Tim T

Tom G

Tyler Andrew (Hoka One One)

Victor

Men 35-40

Bob H

Bryan

Chris H

Dave

Don S

Eric H

Eric M

Eric Wheeler

Greg M

Guillaume R

James D

Jason

Jeremy

Joe H

Joe Pak

John

JP

Julian N

Keith G

Ken 

Kevin B

Kevin G

Kevin Young 

Luca

Mark Shipley

Michael H

Michael Iverson

Michael S

Mike Zimmerman

Robert

Rich A

Serguei A

Shawn

Theron B

Tim Swanson

Wade O

Wally D

Women 35-40

Danielle

Diane Berberian

Elizabeth C

Jennifer B

Julie B

Kimberly B

Laura S

Lucy

Lulu Y

Pam

Sarah

Terzah B

Women 40-44

Cindy W

Ginny

Joann Y

Jody (Cross My Heart Fitness)

Men 40-44

Bob E

Dave P

Dirk H

F Carter

Jay S. 

Jim H

John S

Lance H

Gordon Warren

Greg C

Matthew Kleiman

Michael P

Paul G

Rob E

Rob

Tim E

Dave E

Shawn B

Women 45-50

Dari W

Jane

Kathy H

Linda

Linda Nollette

Lisa

M

Nancy Stedman

Obsessive Research Mommy

Stephanie W

Men 45-50

Andy

Anthony D

Bob D 

Bob Gottlieb

Chris Butler

Dale

Dewey

Eric L

Glen S

Jake

Jake 2

Joe

Joseph H

Justin B

Kris Depew

Lee Stubblefield

Mark W

Scott D

Steve W

Thomas A

William M

Women 50-54

Clara

Jane

Lani T

Men 50-54

Bob Pollmann

Charlie

Dave

Don 

Paul F

Joe M

Keith A

Ken B

George

Mark Washburne (Runeveryday.com)

Michael F.

Ted B. 

Tim 

Women 55-60

Barbara

Ilene

Janet

Men 55- 60

Dave

Cecil

Gary Jakobcic

John Cox

Ramon C

Larry

Rob Mason

Ron

Scott DeYoung

Women 60-64

Ginny 

Men 60-64

Don G

Tim Healy

Men 65-69

John Davis

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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27 Responses to The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire: The Stories of Hundreds of Runners Who’ve Qualified for the Boston Marathon

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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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  14. Satish says:

    This is a great compilation, thanks for putting this together. I hope to fill this questionnaire one day ! 🙂

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  23. chickenunderwear says:

    I’m not sure if I even want to run Boston. But I sure as hell want to be on that list

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