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 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



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



Dorothea T



Jana T

Janae J (Hungry Runner Girl)

Jane (50 State Canuck)



Kim Gasper

Kristine (Kristine’s Not So Deep Thoughts)


Laura (Frayed Laces)

Lauren R


Madeline Harris



Renee Harden

Robin Kutner


Sarah Bard


Stephanie T

Candice S

Tanya S

Tara C

Men 18 – 34

Adam Mulia

Alan C


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 Huen 


Ben 2

Benard Osage

Ben Hawn


Bob S

Brad Lindeberg

Brady Bennett

Brendan Boyle

Brent Woodle


Brian Eutermoser

Brian N

Christian H

Christopher B

Chuck I



Dan (2)

Dan Varga

Dan Way


Daniel H

Darrell R

Dave M

David Laney (Nike Trail)

David Pinsonneault

David S

Doug O

Doug S




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 L Kelly

Jonathan B

Jordan A

Josh H 

Josh R


Justin G

Cory M

James S

Jeff E (Logic of Long Distance)

Kevin Barrett

Kyle B

Mark D (Mark to Boston)


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


Raymond Ong

Rich E

Richard Safranik

Rob Bond

Robert Fried


Roger S

Rohit N

Rory Jenkins

Sage Canaday (Hoka One One)


Simon Ong

Simon O




Tim Cali

T Lindsay

Tim T

Tom G

Tyler Andrew (Hoka One One)


Men 35-40

Bob H


Chris H


Don S

Eric H

Eric M

Eric Wheeler

Greg M

Guillaume R

James D



Joe H

Joe Pak



Julian N

Keith G


Kevin B

Kevin G

Kevin Young 


Mark Shipley

Michael H

Michael Iverson

Michael S

Mike Zimmerman


Rich A

Serguei A


Theron B

Tim Swanson

Wade O

Wally D

Women 35-40


Diane Berberian

Elizabeth C

Jennifer B

Julie B

Kimberly B

Laura S


Lulu Y



Terzah B

Women 40-44

Cindy W


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


Tim E

Dave E

Shawn B

Women 45-50

Dari W


Kathy H


Linda Nollette



Nancy Stedman

Obsessive Research Mommy

Stephanie W

Men 45-50


Anthony D

Bob D 

Bob Gottlieb

Chris Butler



Eric L

Glen S


Jake 2


Joseph H

Justin B

Kris Depew

Lee Stubblefield

Mark W

Scott D

Steve W

Thomas A

William M

Women 50-54



Lani T

Men 50-54

Bob Pollmann




Paul F

Joe M

Keith A

Ken B


Mark Washburne (

Michael F.

Ted B. 


Women 55-60




Men 55- 60



Gary Jakobcic

John Cox

Ramon C


Rob Mason


Scott DeYoung

Women 60-64


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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  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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