BQ Baby…BQ!

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Things went spectacular at the Philadelphia Marathon today. Finished in 2:54:39 at a pace of 6:39 – which gave me plenty of time for a Boston Qualifying (BQ) time.

This is awesome in that it both qualified for the Boston Marathon (3:10:59 required for my AG) as well as automatic entry into the New York City Marathon using time-based qualification.

Plus, I set a new PR for my third marathon:

1st: 2006 – 4:23
2nd: 2007 – 3:21
3rd: 2008 – 2:54

Now…only if I could walk again.

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  1. Nice work! Congrats

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  2. Anonymous

    Congratulations!

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  3. Congratsulations!!

    I can't believe you've knocked 1 1/2 hr off your marathon time in 2 years! Impressive!

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  4. Congratulations. I swear I can spell.

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  5. OMG Ray this is fantastic! Congratulations!!!!

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  6. UMMMMmmmm...HOLLER! I'm so proud of you! Congratulations!

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  7. AWESOME!!!

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  8. Wow - congratulations! Your step down in times is awe inspiring. I will be looking forward to reading of your training for and racing at Boston.

    P.S. Say hello to Boston Billy for me.

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  9. Woo Hoo!!! Great Job, nice pace!!

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  10. A Huge Congrats on Boston :) Could I borrow those running legs of yours for my marathon?

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  11. Holy Shit Dude!

    I didn't know humans can run that fast....you are human, right?

    Very impressive!!!!!!

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  12. Jeez, that's WAY too much improvement in one marathon... but you know what? It's really encouraging because it means that if I work even half as hard as you, I should be able to improve too... :) Congrats. You deserve it.

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  13. Many congratulations!! Well run! Looking forward to "watching" you do the Boston Marathon in the spring!

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  14. I think you might possibly be super-human.

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  15. Wow...you've taken a TON of time off your marathons there. How long did that take?

    Have fun on the trip...crazy how people can nail your schedule from a 3 sentence OFF?

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  16. Man I knew you were going to kick some ass congratulations and dont worry its going to take you 3 days to walk again...enjoy the off time and eat a lot of junk food you deserved it

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  17. WHOOO HOOOO!

    Well done, Ray. Now quit hobbling. ;)

    I tell you what - you quit hobbling and I'll quit hobbling.

    Deal?

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  18. Yay Rainmaker!! That's fantastic! I am especially impressed because I was in Philly on Friday and it snowed four inches on us! I was sooo glad we had already decided not to run the half marathon on Sunday but look at you, tough guy - BQ! Woo hoo!

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  19. Great job Ray! Congrats on that BQ. Your list of marathon results is really impressive - nice improvement!

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  20. Great job man. Nice way to beat the cold yesterday.

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  21. Yaay! So proud.

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  22. Rock on dude!!!

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  23. Dang...that's fats!

    Congrats.

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  24. I think the automatic NYC qualifier is more impressive than the BQ. Either way, you rocked it.

    So, based on your progression, should we expect a 2:20-something marathon at Boston?

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  25. SLB

    Man you're on fire!

    Nice job!

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  26. Wowie! Congratulations! Your improvement is awesome!

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  27. OMGWTFBQ!

    Congrats!

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  28. That's awesome. Nice finish.
    I'll never see start/finish of Boston ever. Stupid genes I got from my parents won't let me.

    You'll walk soon enough.

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  29. The New York City Marathon is the best thing to qualify for short of the Olympics! Plus a PR and a BQ - take a week off, you've deserved it.

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  30. you rock. i might just have to travel to boston..i think thomas is running it too! (thomas from ireland).

    now, we need deets! (and if you say it was easy, we're through.)
    :)

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  31. dude...you cut down 90 freaking minutes from mary number one to mary three??/ thats just incredible...and I think you have the makings of a sub 2:40 mary sometime....I gar---unnnn-teeee it....

    congrats on BQ'ing....
    plus big apple invite...
    you are my hero

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  32. That's a seriously fast time. Congrats!

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  33. Congrats Ray!! With the amount you trained, you have certainly earned it! Have a great Thanksgiving!

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  34. Booya to speedy you!

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  35. Congrats on the under 3-hr finish! Run Ray run!

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  36. Awesome job man. Glad to hear everything worked out perfectly...as it should have. You put in the time and it has paid off. Looking forward to the race report!

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