Marathon Times to Beat

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2:02:57 – Dennis Kimetto, World Record, 2014 Berlin Marathon
2:03:02 – Geoffrey Mutai, 2011 Boston (doesn’t qualify for WR due to course)
2:03:38 – World Record, Patrick Makau, Berlin 2011
2:03:58 – World Record, Haile Gebrselassie Berlin 2008
2:05:38 – American Record Khalid Khannouchi, London 2002
2:15:25 – Women’s World Record Paula Radcliff, London 2003
2:19:00 – 2012 Olympic Trials Qualifier
2:19:36 – American Women’s Record Deena Kastor, London 2006
2:20:00 – 2008 Olympic Trails Qualifier Men’s “A” Standard
2:21:40 – Treadmill Record, Eric Blake 2006
2:22:00 – 2008 Olympic Trails Qualifier Men’s “B” Standard
2:30:59 – Chicago Marathon Top 100 Corral 2008
2:29:59 – Top 0.2% of Marathoners 2006
2:31:56 – Rosie Ruiz, (Cheater) Boston Marathon 1980
2:38:25 – Scott Jurek, (Ultra Runner) Austin Marathon 2006
2:39:00 – 2008 Olympic Trails Qualifier Women’s “A” Standard
2:40:04 – Mark Allen, Fastest ever marathon split at Ironman Hawaii 1989
2:42:02 – Chris McCormack, Winner Ironman Hawaii 2007 (Marathon split)
2:42:21 – Baby Stroller Pushing Record, Michael Wardian, Frederick Marathon 2007
2:46:43 – Lance Armstrong, (7x Tour de France Winner) New York City Marathon 2007
2:47:00 – 2008 Olympic Trails Qualifier Women’s “B” Standard
2:49:02 – Kip Litton (Serial Marathon Faker) 22nd Keybank Vermont City Marathon 2010
2:50:53 – Gen. David Petraes (commander Troops in Iraq) Omaha Marathon 1982
2:50:xx – Boston Qualifying 1980 (Men Under 40) Toughest Ever Standard
2:55:00 – Automatic Admission into 2007 NYM M18-39
2:55:03 – Normann Stadler, Winner Ironman Hawaii 2006 (Marathon split)
2:55:22 – Dean Karnazes, (Ultra Runner) New York Marathon 2007
2:59:19 – Pam Reed, (Ultra Runner) St. George Marathon 2001
2:59:35 – William Jurena, Pittsburgh Marathon 2003
2:59:36 – Lance Armstrong, (7x Tour de France Winner) New York City Marathon 2006
2:59:58 – Chrissie Wellington, Female Winner Ironman Hawaii 2007 (Marathon split)
2:59:59 – Top 2% of Marathoners 2006
3:00:xx – Boston Qualifying 1976 Men’s Open (Under 40)
3:00:30 – Dean Karnazes, (Ultra Runner) New York 2006
3:03:00 – Rod Blagojevich Marine Corps Marathon
3:05:00 – Boston Qualifying 2013 M18-34
3:10:00 – Automatic Admission into 2007 NYM M40-49
3:10:26 – Nina Kuscsik, (1st Official Women’s Winner) Boston 1972
3:10:00 – Boston Qualifying 2013 M35-39
3:10:59 – Boston Qualifying 2007 M18-34
3:10:59 – Chicago Marathon “A” Corral 2008 Qualifying time
3:11:xx – Clarence Thomas (Supreme Court Justice) Marine Corps Marathon 1979
3:13:08 – Michellie Jones, Female Winner Iron Man Hawaii 2006 (Marathon)
3:15:00 – Boston Qualifying 2013 M40-44
3:15:18 – Ed Viesturs, (Alpinist) New York Marathon 2006
3:15:59 – Boston Qualifying 2007 M35-39
3:20:06 – Natalie Morales, (Reporter) New York City Marathon 2006
3:20:28 – Dan Jansen (Olympic Speed Skater) National Marathon 2008
3:20:59 – Boston Qualifying 2007 M40-44
3:20:59 – Rock-N-Roll AZ 2008 Preferred Corral
3:20:xx – Joe Strummer (Lead Singer Clash) London 1983
3:23:00 – Automatic Admission into 2007 NYM F18-39
3:23:54 – Bjorn Ulvaeus, (ABBA Singer) Stockholm Marathon
3:24:29 – William Baldwin, (Actor) New York City Marathon 1992
3:25:00 – Boston Qualifying 2013 M45-49
3:25:12 – Apolo Ohno NY Marathon 2011
3:28:45 – Erich Segal, (Actor) Boston 1975
3:29:59 – Top 10.7% of Marathoners 2006
3:30:00 – Automatic Admission into 2007 NYM M50-59
3:30:xx – Boston Qualifying 1976 All Women & Men 40+
3:30:18 – John Edwards, (Senator) Marine Corps Marathon
3:30:00 – Boston Qualifying 2013 M50-54
3:30:59 – Boston Qualifying 2007 M45-49
3:31:00 – Michael Dukakis, (Governor MA) Boston Marathon 1951
3:32:01 – Dan Jansen (Olympic Speed Skater) New York 1996
3:32:17 – 1980 Median Finishing Time (Males)
3:34:56 – Boston Marathon 2008 First Wave Cut-off
3:35:00 – Joan Van Ark, (Actress) Santa Ana/Orange Marathon 1979
3:35:00 – Boston Qualifying 2013 W18-34
3:35:59 – Boston Qualifying 2007 M50-54
3:35:59 – Chicago Marathon “B” Corral 2008 Qualifying time
3:38:00 – Automatic Admission into 2007 NYM W40-49
3:40:00 – Boston Qualifying 2013 W35-39
3:40:00 – Boston Qualifying 2013 M55-59
3:40:59 – Boston Qualifying 2007 W18-34
3:43:24 – Charles Gibson (Anchorman) Marine Corps Marathon 1983
3:44:52 – George W. Bush, (President) Houston Marathon 1993
3:44:59 – Twin Cities 2007 First Wave Start Cut-off
3:45:00 – Automatic Admission into 2007 NYM M60+
3:45:00 – Boston Qualifying 2013 W40-44
3:45:59 – Boston Qualifying 2007 W35-39
3:45:59 – Boston Qualifying 2007 M55-59
3:46:10 – Gordon Ramsey (Chef) London Marathon 2006
3:48:01 – Edward Norton New York Marathon 2009
3:48:48 – Pat Tillman, (NFL Player) Avenue of the Giants Marathon 2000
3:55:00 – Boston Qualifying 2013 M60-64
3:50:22 – Ryan Reynolds New York Marathon 2008
3:50:45 – Roger Craig, (NFL Player) RnR Arizona 2005
3:50:59 – Boston Qualifying 2007 W40-44
3:54:33 – Average Finishing Time Boston 2007
3:52:00 – Automatic Admission into 2007 NYM F50-59
3:52:00 – Kim Alexis, (Supermodel) New York City Marathon 1992
3:52:59 – Flea (RHCP Bassist) 2011 L.A. Marathon
3:54:00 – 1995 Median Finishing Time (Males)
3:54:33 – Average finishing time Boston 2007
3:54:40 – Justin Leonard, (Golfer) White Rock Marathon 2001
3:55:00 – Boston Qualifying 2013 M60-64
3:55:00 – Boston Qualifying 2013 W45-49
3:55:59 – Chicago Marathon “C” Corral 2008 Qualifying time
3:56:12 – Will Ferrell, (Actor) Boston 2003
3:59:23 – Michael Waltrip, (2x Daytona 500 Champ) Las Vegas Marathon January 2005
3:59:36 – Sarah Palin (Gov. Alaska, VP candidate) Humpy’s Classic Marathon 2005
3:59:59 – Top 30.4% of Marathoners 2006
4:00:00 – Original Boston Qualifying Requirement, 1970
4:00:00 – Boston Qualifying 2013 W50-54
4:00:59 – Boston Qualifying 2007 W45-49
4:00:59 – Boston Qualifying 2007 M60-64
4:00:59 – Chicago Marathon “D” Corral 2008 Qualifying time
4:03:39 – 1980 Median Finishing Time (Females)
4:05:59 – Boston Qualifying 2007 W50-54
4:06:05 – Shannon Miller, (Olympic Gymnast) New York City Marathon 2006
4:08:30 – Meredith Baxter, (Actress) New York City Marathon 1982
4:09:04 – Jeff Fisher, (NFL Coach) Country Music Marathon 2004
4:10:00 – Boston Qualifying 2013 M65-69
4:10:00 – Boston Qualifying 2013 W55-59
4:10:17 – Haruki Murakami NY Marathon 2005
4:12:xx – Kerri Strug, (Olympic Gymnast) Houston Marathon 1998
4:13:00 – Automatic Admission into 2007 NYM F60+
4:14:52 – Sean Combs, (Entertainer) New York City Marathon 2003
4:14:54 – Sean Combs, (Entertainer) New York City Marathon 2002
4:15:00 – 1995 Median Finishing Time (Females)
4:15:59 – Boston Qualifying 2007 W55-59
4:15:59 – Boston Qualifying 2007 M65-69
4:18:34 – Kyle Petty, (NASCAR Driver) Las Vegas Marathon January 2005
4:20:00 (est.) – Katherine Switzer, (1st Woman to Run Boston with a Bib), Boston 1967
4:20:46 – Ethan Zohn NY Marathon 2011
4:20:01 – 2002 Median Finishing Time (Males)
4:23:59 – Mario Lopez (Saved by the Bell) NY Marathon 2011
4:25:00 – Boston Qualifying 2013 M70-74
4:25:00 – Boston Qualifying 2013 W60-64
4:25:47 – Sean Astin – LA Marathon 2012
4:26:21 – Lynn Swann, (NFL Player) New York City 1993
4:26:21 – Gordon Ramsay London Marathon 2012
4:29:20 – Oprah Winfrey, (Talk Show Host) Marine Corps Marathon 1994
4:29:59 – Top 51.5% of Marathoners 2006
4:30:59 – Boston Qualifying 2007 W60-64
4:30:59 – Boston Qualifying 2007 M70-74
4:31:26 – Average male finishing time in 2006
4:31:31 – Bill Rancic, (Winner “The Apprentice”) Chicago Marathon 2001
4:34:18 – Lisa Ling, (Talk Show Host) Boston Marathon 2002
4:37:11 – Drew Carey Marine Corps Marathon 2011
4:37:29 – Mike Huckabee, (Governor AR) Marine Corp Marathon 2005
4:40:00 – Boston Qualifying 2013 M75-79
4:40:00 – Boston Qualifying 2013 W65-69
4:45.29 – Average finishing time in 2006 for all runners
4:45:59 – Boston Qualifying 2007 W65-69
4:45:59 – Boston Qualifying 2007 M75-79
4:54:36 – Bill Frist, (Senate Majority Leader) Marine Corp Marathon 1997
4:55:00 – Boston Qualifying 2013 W70-74
4:55:00 – Boston Qualifying 2013 M80+
4:56:46 – 2002 Median Finishing Time (Females)
4:58:25 – Al Gore, (VP) Marine Corps Marathon 1997
4:59:59 – Top 70% of Marathoners 2006
5:00:00 – National Marathon Qualifying Time 2007
5:00:59 – Boston Qualifying 2007 W70-74
5:00:59 – Boston Qualifying 2007 M80+
5:06:36 – Average female finishing time in 2006
5:10:00 – Boston Qualifying 2013 W75-79
5:13:28 – Jared Fogle (Subway Guy) NY Marathon 2010
5:15:59 – Boston Qualifying 2007 W75-79
5:25:00 – Boston Qualifying 2013 W80+
5:28:39 – Tom Vilsack, (Governor IA) Little Rock Marathon 2005
5:29:58 – Katie Holmes (Actress) New York Marathon 2007
5:29:59 – Top 81.6% of Marathoners 2006
5:30:59 – Boston Qualifying 2007 W80+
5:41:41 – Ali Landry, (Miss USA 1996) Boston Marathon 2002
5:41:41 – Mario Lopez, (Actor) Boston Marathon 2002
5:50:49 – Freddie Prinze, Jr., (Actor) Los Angeles Marathon 2006
5:59:59 – Top 89.2% of Marathoners 2006
6:04:43 – David Lee Roth, (Singer) New York City Marathon 1987
6:29:59 – Top 93.4% of Marathoners 2006
6:36:16 – Denise Hazlick (Entertainment Ed. MSNBC) Vancouver Intl. Marathon 2005
6:59:59 – Top 96.3% of Marathoners 2006
7:09:44 – Al Roker NY Marathon 2010
7:29:59 – Top 97.8% of Marathoners 2006
7:59:59 – Top 98.8% of Marathoners 2006
8:29:59 – Top 99.3% of Marathoners 2006
8:59:59 – Top 99.6% of Marathoners 2006
15:40:08 – Top 100% of Marathoners 2006