Suburban trees, suburban speed

Because I procrastinate I did not register in time to run the Boston Marathon this year, despite running three qualifying marathons (including Boston) in 2009.  On Monday 25,000 runners will line up in Hopkinton.  I will hop the subway to work.  Secretly I’m relieved – Boston is expensive, and there’s a little bit of pressure, and I hate a long cold pre-race wait.  Although I’m not running Boston this year I will busy myself thinking about the celebrity runners who have crossed and will cross that famous finish line. 

In a few daysValerie Bertinelli will attempt to join the surprisingly short list of Boston Bound celebs (the stars seem to prefer New York City for marathon running).  Only one celeb qualified to run and that same runner requalified at Boston.  But he’s a pro athlete celeb and so I don’t think he counts.  The rest of the runners in this star-studded field would not qualify based on their Boston finish time.  But they are in good company.  Less than 40% of Boston runners requalify while running the Boston Marathon, even though approximately 80% earned their spot with a qualifying race.

The List:

Lance Armstrong.  SuperLance ran the Boston Marathon in 2008 at the age of 36.  Finish time = 2.50.58.  BQ time = 3.15.  Difference = 25 minutes to spare.  But I already said he doesn’t count.

Michael Dukakis.  In 1951 this highschooler and future politician ran the Boston Marathon at the young age of 17.  Finish time = 3.31.00.  BQ time = 3.10.  Difference = 21 minutes. 

Will Ferrell.  This funnyman isn’t joking around.  He ran the Boston Marathon in 2003 at the age of 35.  Finish time = 3.56.12.  BQ time = 3.15.  Difference = 41 minutes.

Lisa Ling.  This talk show host turned reporter ran the Boston Marathon in 2002 at the age of 28.  Finish time = 4.34.18.  BQ time = 3.40.  Difference = 54 minutes.

David James Elliott.  JAG’s Harmon ran the Boston Marathon in 2000 at the age of 39.  Finish time = 4:57:23.  Tip = fewer crunches more running.  BQ time = 3.20 (I gave him the 40 year old rate).  Difference = 1 hour and 37 minutes.

Ali Landry.  Ran the Boston Marathon in 2002 at the age of 28.  Finish time = 5.41.41.  BQ time = 3.40.  Difference = 2 hours and 1 minute.

Mario Lopez.   Ran the Boston Marathon (with his now ex-girlfriend Ali) in 2002 at the age of 29.  Finish time = 5.41.41.  BQ time = 3.10.  Difference = 2 hours and 31 minutes.  And he blamed his girlfriend for his time.  Boo.

Tell me, who did I miss??  


Title Reference: Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – Roadrunner.  1972.


One response to “Suburban trees, suburban speed

  1. Seems appropriate all the wah-wah crybaby celebrities would rather do NY than Boston, hehe.

    Amazing the differences in time between the qualifying races. Must be a doozy.

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