Dream Big: Bucket List Races

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The term “Bucket List” may be misleading.

These are potential events to help focus goals and training plans.

Finishing 5% of these events and any 100+ mile distance will be remarkable.

This list is a work in progress.

Road/Trail Races (up to Marathon distance)

Road Marathons/Ultras

  • Tokyo Marathon – February
    • Lottery: apply between 1-31 August
  • Boston Marathon – April
    • Qualifying Time is 3:05 (must be run on or after mid-September)
    • Week one of registration is normally the second week of September
  • Big Sur International Marathon – April
    • Registration opens 15 July
    • Participants are chosen in five random drawings starting in July
  • Two Oceans Marathon, 56km (Capetown, South Africa) – April
    • Entry opens approximately in September
    • To qualify: 42.2 km – sub 5:00, 50 km – sub 6:30, 56 km – sub 7:00, 90 km – sub 12:00, 100 km – sub 13:30
  • Rome Marathon – April
    • Registration deadline is 15 March
  • London Marathon – April
    • Overseas Ballot Entry, open five days during the first week of May
    • Good for Age Entry, sub 3:05 for men 18-40 (UK residents only)
  • Paris Marathon – April
    • Register online, starts approximately in November
  • Windermere Marathon (Lake Windermere, UK) – May
    • Register online, starts approximately in December
  • Comrades Marathon, 90km (Durban/Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) – May
    • Entry forms are available 1 September, close on 30 November
    • To qualify: 42.2 km – sub 5:00, 50 km – sub 6:30, 56 km – sub 7:00, 60 km – sub 7:40, 89 km – sub 12:00, 100 km – sub 13:30
      • Must be run between late August to early May
  • Rio De Janiero Marathon – June
    • Register online, starting December
  • Rock and Roll Seattle Marathon – June
    • Register Online
  • Victoria Falls Marathon – June
    • Register Online, starting December
  • Berlin Marathon – September
    • Entry drawing, enter between 19 Oct-2 Nov
    • Guaranteed spot for fast runners (in last two years): sub 2:45 for males under age 45, sub 3:00 for females under 45
  • Sydney Marathon – September
    • Register online, starting mid-December
    • Preferred start for males running sub 2:50, females running sub 3:15
  • Air Force Marathon – September
    • Register online, starting 2 January
    • MAJCOM challenge (team of four full/six half marathoners per MAJCOM).
  • Portland Marathon – October
    • Register online, starting mid-December
  • Marine Corps Marathon – October
    • Lottery, registration is fourth week of March
    • Active Duty registration (first 3000 members to register), opens 2 March
  • Chicago Marathon – October
    • Lottery, apply online for non-guaranteed entry, 1-29 November
    • Guaranteed entry: males running sub 3:15, females running sub 3:45 in previous 10 months
  • Melbourne Marathon – October
    • Register online, starting mid-December
    • Preferred start for males running sub 2:50, females running sub 3:10
  • Queenstown International Marathon (NZ) – November
    • Online registration starts in December (sells out quick)
  • NYC Marathon – November
    • Guaranteed entry for time qualifiers.
      • Males running marathon – sub 2:53, half marathon – sub 1:21
      • Females running marathon – sub 3:13, half marathon – sub 1:32
    • Lottery, apply online for non-gauranteed entry, 17 Jan-17 Feb
  • Athens Classic Marathon – November
    • Apply online, starting first week of April
  • Soweto Marathon (South Africa) – November
    • Register Online, closes 4 October
  • Antarctic Ice Marathon – November
    • Costs more than 13,000 Euro
  • California International Marathon – December
    • Apply online, starting 1 March (to race the next year)
    • Guaranteed entry information is to be released
  • Honolulu Marathon – December
    • Register online, starting in mid-January

50K-100K Races

100 Milers/Stage Races

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