April 18, 2022 (Mon)
9:00am - beginning of rolling start*
* Boston employs a system wherein runners start in 4 consecutive waves based on their qualification time. Waves occur every 25 minutes. Click here to view starting times.
Start: Hopkinton, MA
U.S. resident: $205.00
Athletes can qualify for the Boston Marathon in two ways:
The first path to the Boston starting line is by running a marathon under the age specific qualifying standard*. Performances must be achieved on a officially certified course and run within the qualifying window. For 2022, the window was September 1, 2019 - November 12, 2021. The window for the 2023 race began September 1, 2021. For more details on time-based qualification, visit this link.
2. Charity Qualification Program
If you lack a performance based qualifying time but still want to run the marathon, consider applying to an official charity program. Every year, the Boston Marathon admits members of partner charity programs who fundraise money for their respective organization. Interested individuals are encouraged to directly contact participating charities. Athletes must raise a minimum of $5,000.00. More information including a list of organizations may be found here.
3. Charity Qualification Program
Registration is completed through the Boston Marathon Athlete’s Village portal. Runners must be 18 or older to compete.
First held in 1897, the Boston Marathon is the oldest annual marathon in the world. In addition to owning the superlative for senior global marathon, the race is one of the prestigious Abbott World Major Marathons and is the most widely viewed sporting event in New England.
Is Boston a “hard” marathon?
The Boston Marathon is considered one of the “harder” marathons in the Abbott World Marathon. What makes one marathon harder or easier than another? While no marathon is easy, the Boston Marathon is particularly challenging because of its elevation profile or, in normal language, the hills.
The Boston Marathon actually starts with a significant amount of downhill, but what usually proves toughest for runners is the series of uphill climbs known as the Newton Hills, around miles 18 to 22. Plus, the Boston Marathon is held during the notoriously fickle New England spring, which can bring temperatures in the 90s or hypothermia-inducing freezing rain.
How to prepare
As with any marathon, preparing for the Boston Marathon involves a lot of running. Most beginner athletes will run at least one twenty-miler in training, while the elite competitors will often average 20 miles every day!
The most important thing in the marathon is pacing and in the Boston Marathon, that’s extra important as the course undulates and the downhill start can sometimes encourage a too-fast start which fries the legs for the second half.
The human body can only store enough fuel for about an hour to an hour and a half of running, so when you run a marathon (be it the Boston Marathon or any long race), taking in extra fuel (read: calories) is critical.
The going wisdom is that one should take in about 4 calories per kg of bodyweight per hour. So, if you’re a 55kg distance runner (like your author), you’d want to be taking in around 55*4 = 220 calories per hour. (For context, 1 standard energy gel usually has 100 calories.
The Boston Marathon course is one of the more challenging race courses among the big-city marathons. The first 15 miles of the race are undulating and feature a significant net downhill, while miles 18-22 are home to the famous “Newton Hills”, culminating in the aptly named “Heartbreak Hill”.
How to train for the course? In a sentence: Run on hills. Run on hilly terrain as much as possible. Live in a flat area? Try adding in targeted strength training for your quads and glutes or even find some good bridges or parking garages to add some elevation to your runs!
ZUMBA - JOANNE GREEN
TUE. AT 7:00 PM
BALLET - KAREN KING
TUE. AT 6:00 PM
HIP HOP - RON JAKE
TUE. AT 5:00 PM
JAZZ - ACE SILVERSTEIN
TUE. AT 4:30 PM