Now, neither the tweet nor the page itself claimed that this was fresh data, but people have been reseasonably interpreting it as covering the recently completed 2009 marathoning year. This caught my attention because I remembered seeing a tweet to this same list several months ago. Hmm. Active.com does say their info came from Running USA, but after clicking around that site for a good long while, I couldn’t find the Boston qualifying statistics.
Then I visited Marathon Guide, a low-key site that I’ve always found to be a great resource. And it came through again. They present Boston qualifying data by year. And their data for the most recently completed year, 2009, differs from what Active.com has on their site. In fact, what’s on Active.com — and what people have been tweeting about the last few days — appears to be based on 2008 data. So courtesy Marathon Guide, below is the latest data on the 10 U.S. races with the highest percentage of Boston qualifying times. The list is similar to Active.com's, but four races fell out of the top 10 in 2009 — Grand Rapids, Snickers, Tucson and Newport. They were replaced on the list by Pocono Mountain Run for the Red, Jacksonville, Green Mountain and St. George.
Boston Marathon Qualifying Races — Most Likely To Qualify — 2009
- Boston — 43.2%
- Mohawk Hudson River (Albany, NY) — 34.9%
- Bay State (Lowell, MA) — 33.5%
- Pocono Mountain Run for the Red (PA) — 30%
- Steamtown (Scranton, PA) — 28.1%
- Wineglass (Corning, NY) — 27%
- California International (Sacramento, CA) — 26.7%
- Jacksonville (FL) — 24.9%
- Green Mountain (South Hero, VT)— 24.4%
- St. George (St. George, UT) — 23.3%