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The 10 Best Marathons to Qualify for Boston

Every serious marathon runner at some point sets their aim on qualifying and running the Boston Marathon.  Since all marathons are not created equal, it becomes essential to picking out a fast course, where the highest percentage of runners qualify for Boston.

Here is a look at the Top 10 Boston qualifying marathons in 2009.

Rank Marathon Boston
Qualifiers
Qualifying
Percent*
1. Boston Marathon (4/20/09 – Boston, MA) 9,844 43.2%
2. Mohawk-Hudson River Marathon (10/11/09 – Albany, NY) 252 34.9%
3. Bay State Marathon (10/18/09 – Lowell, MA) 523 33.5%
4. Road2Hope Hamilton Marathon (11/1/09 – Hamilton, ON) 272 33.5%
5. Pocono Mountain Run For The Red Marathon (5/17/09 – Pocono Mountains, PA) 122 30.0%
6. Steamtown Marathon (10/11/09 – Scranton, PA) 522 28.1%
7. Wineglass Marathon (10/4/09 – Corning, NY) 209 27.0%
8. California International Marathon (12/6/09 – Sacramento, CA) 1,541 26.7%
9. Jacksonville Marathon (12/20/09 – Jacksonville, FL) 184 24.9%
10. Green Mountain Marathon (10/17/09 – South Hero, VT) 73 24.4%

Naturally, the Boston Marathon is #1.

Info via Marathon Guide from 2009 marathons that were Boston qualifiers.

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Joshua Holmes has completed 197 marathons/ultramarathons while running 100+ miles 43 including races such as the Badwater 135, Western States 100, The Last Annual Vol State 500K (3x). His favorite races to date are the Vol State 500K, Badwater 135, Barkley Fall Classic, Catalina Eco Marathon, Chimera 100, Across The Years, Savage Gulf Trail Marathon, Strolling Jim 40 Miler, Tunnel Hill 100, RUTS, EC100 and the Flying Monkey Marathon in his home state of Tennessee. Follow @bayou Follow @joshuaholmes on Instagram

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