The Best Races To Qualify For The 2018 Boston Marathon

Want to Run the Boston Marathon? You can still qualify for the 2018 race—but you’d better hurry.

The 122nd running of the race takes place on April 16 next year. Runners need to run a qualifying time by mid-September at the latest for a shot at toeing the start line. The demand for the approximately 30,000 spots is so high that organizers have taken to a rolling entry schedule that rewards athletes with the fastest qualifying times.

While registration information for 2018 hasn’t been officially announced, if it follows the same procedures from this year, runners who qualify by more than 20 minutes will be given the first shot at registering. Depending on the demand, though, even people who meet qualification standards could be closed out—so it pays to run as fast as you can!

Although we’re already a quarter of the year in with fewer marathons on the calendar, you can still find quite a few that offer a good shot of hitting that time. Here are 15 upcoming races where you can aim to get that BQ.

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