Boston Marathon Data Analysis, Part 1

Women, men, young, and old: What can we learn from the data about how to qualify for Boston?

Who gets in and who gets rejected?

Nearly 1 in 4 athletes who qualify for Boston were rejected in 2019

Cutoff Times:

New Standards in 2020

Source: https://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/enter/qualify

What do the new standards mean for runners?

Here is the breakdown of how people got in to the Boston Marathon in 2019:

  • 18% (5,256) beat the qualifying time by 20 minutes or more
  • 29% (8,620) beat the qualifying time by 10–20 minutes
  • 29% (8,545) beat the qualifying time by 5–10 minutes
  • 1% (220) beat the qualifying time by less than 5 minutes
  • 22% (6,656) were invited by special invitation or through charities
  • 1% (433) have run 10 or more consecutive Boston Marathons
  • 1% (270) athletes were accepted with disabilities

Age and Gender

The field is consistently 45% female and 55% male
The age distribution is remarkable consistent from year to year

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Author of User Zero: Inside the Tool that is Reshaping Dystopia