Qualifying for Boston gets harder
New standards in effect this year make it tougher than ever to earn a spot in race
It took Catherine Young 15 attempts over 18 years to earn her first trip to the Boston Marathon. Now, with new, faster qualification standards going into effect for the 117th edition of the race on Monday, it will take at least one more year until she can attempt the road to Boston again.
After running her debut marathon in 4:44 in 2004, Young, a 45-year-old mother of two from Allen, Texas, whittled her PR to 3:44:34 at the 2009 St. George Marathon in St. George, Utah.
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