History of the Boston Marathon and Qualifying Criteria

Winner of AALS Teacher of the Year Award in 2013-2014, Mary Margaret (Meg) Penrose is not only an attorney and a law professor at Texas A&M University School of Law, but a running enthusiast and a former college athlete. Mary Margaret Penrose has participated in many marathons including the Boston Marathon, for which she qualified twice and ran both times.

Organized by the Boston Athletic Association, the Boston Marathon is an internationally renowned annual marathon. Inspired by the Olympic marathon, the first Boston Marathon was held in 1897. Completing the race with a time of 2:55:10, John J. McDermott became the first person to win the 24.5-mile marathon. However, the distance of the race has since been fixed at 26 miles, 385 yards, to conform to the Olympic standard. The race starts at Hopkinton and finishes at Copley Square in downtown Boston.

The first step for athletes to qualify for the Boston Marathon is to meet the age- and gender-specific time standard. Once the qualifying standard is achieved, the athlete can register. If the number of applications exceeds the allotted field size for qualified athletes, the athletes with the fastest time are selected for the run. For detailed information on qualifying for the Boston Marathon, visit http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/qualifying.aspx