Pace Team

Pacing you to your qualifying time

Pacing you to your qualifying time would just ensure that you qualify but cannot run Boston.  Great for bragging rights, but your experience would end there.   We don’t just want you to register only to be shut out of the race.  We want to help you to the starting line at Hopkinton.

BQ2’s pace teams will lead you to a finish time 3 minutes under your qualifying standard, so that finishing with your group not only gets you a qualifying time, but a time that could get you into Boston. Pace teams will be provided for every qualifying pace under 4:30 that has 5 or more registrants by 3/1 (spring) or 8/1 (fall), and at 4:30, when the race ends.

The table below shows our goal for available pace teams, and recommends the team you should be joining to get you into Boston.  Runners are free to run with any pace group or on your own.    

  Age on Boston Race Day
Pace Team Men Women &
2:57 18-34
3:02 35-39
3:07 40-44
3:17 45-49
3:22 50-54
3:27 18-34
3:32 55-59 35-39
3:37 40-44
3:47 60-64 45-49
3:52 50-54
4:02 65-69 55-59
4:17 70-74 60-64
4:30 75+ 65+

The BQ.2 Marathon Races pace team is provided by Dick Pond Athletics

How many can you expect in your qualifying pace group?

While anyone may run with any group, ( a lot of you may be shooting for faster times than your qualifying standard), it is still a pretty good indication of how many of our runners you will be with on race day at the start, and hopefully at the finish.

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Take the best shot at Boston with an experienced race team whose goal is to do everything possible to get you and 300 other runners to the starting line in Hopkinton. BQ.2 Marathon Races are designed and focused solely to help runners get to the Boston starting line in Hopkinton, MA. With that focus, it should be no surprise that they were ranked as the qualifiers with the highest percentage of finishers.

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