Qualification Standards & Rules

The following rules only preclude runners from earning award money.

Any runner who does not meet the qualification standards may still enter the race as an “official bandit.” “Official Bandits” will also be listed with an asterisk next to their names in the results.

Qualification Rules to Win Prize Money:

  • You cannot be a first-time marathoner. You can still participate, however the awards are reserved for those who have a proven track record of high-duration marathons. As a first-time marathoner, you also have the unfair advantage of “not knowing what you’re getting yourself into,” and that’s just an unfair advantage for this race.
  • If you have ever officially completed the Boston Marathon (even if for charity), you can gain entry into the race as an “official bandit.” Official Bandit Runners ARE NOT eligible to compete for award money and for one of the three slowest finishes at Too Slow for Boston.
  • You must be SLOWER than the times listed below for your age. This standard will be applied to marathons you’ve run the prior year. As we do your background check, we will match your times (and your age at the time of each marathon) with the chart below. ULTRA FINISHES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
  • You may not exit the “official race” boundaries during the race. Boundaries will be explained in further detail during the course briefing. You will NOT be penalized for getting lost though. This rule is to prevent people from running a quick 25-something miles, leaving to go take a nap and/or do some grocery shopping, then coming back to finish the last little bit and collecting some award money.
  • You may not set up a tent or any kind of primitive structure on the course. We aren’t hippies and this isn’t an ultra.
  • Breaks at the start/finish area may not last longer than 15-minutes at-a-time or a cumulative time of 1-hour. This technically means we’ll be timing your poops.
  • Runner activity on the course is limited to activity conducive to marathon running. For example, no swinging at the playground, spectating at surrounding events, and no fishing.
  • If, during the Too Slow for Boston Marathon, any runners finish in times which are faster than their qualifying times, they will be precluded from receiving award money.
  • Early or late starts will preclude you from earning award money.
  • In the Event of a Tie: Every effort will be made to determine the “winners;” however, in the case of one or more ties, the percentage of award money given to each runner will be adjusted. A tie at any level will not reduce the amount of award money for any other level, other than how it may make one level redundant (ex. If there is a two-way tie for slowest runner, the next slowest runner will be the third slowest runner, and there will not be a second slowest runner). Other examples are as follows: If there is a two-way tie for the slowest runner, each runner will receive 42.5%, while the 3rd slowest runner still earns 15%. If there is a two-way tie for the slowest runner and a two-way tie for the 3rd slowest runner, the two slowest runners will still receive 42.5% each, and the two 3rd slowest runners will receive 7.5% each. If there is a three-way tie (or more) for the slowest runner, each runner in the tie will receive an equal share. If there is a two-way tie for the second slowest runner, the slowest runner receives 50% and the two second slowest runners each receive 25%. All other scenarios will follow the same pattern as these examples.
  • The Race Director may participate in the race. He or she must pay an entry fee, but MAY NOT COLLECT ANY AWARD MONEY. RD family members are also precluded from receiving award money. The RD and/or any of his or her family members must also meet all other criteria for entry into this event.

TOO SLOW FOR BOSTON

(Qualifying times must be slower than these times)

AGE
MEN’S TIME
WOMEN’S TIME
18-34 3:30 4:00
35-39 3:35 4:05
40-44 3:40 4:10
45-49 3:50 4:20
50-54 3:55 4:25
55-59 4:05 4:35
60-64 4:20 4:50
65-69 4:35 5:05
70-74 4:50 5:20
75-79 5:05 5:35
80+ 5:20 5:50

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