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Boston Marathon

Pacing and Information Guide

The primary purpose of this spreadsheet is to calculate a pacing strategy for the Boston Marathon and
generate a pace band you can wear on your wrist during the race. For the benefit of any spectators
tracking your progress, it also calculates the estimated time of day you will be passing
each mile marker and 5K check point. This and other information about the race can be accessed by
clicking the "tabs" at the bottom of each screen to switch to a different page.

The default settings attempt to calculate a pace for each mile that will give you an even effort, taking into
account the terrain and other factors encountered during the race. Anything shown in RED on the
"Pacing" page may be changed and if you don't like any of the default pacing strategies, you may create
your own customized version (see instructions below).

Instructions:
Estimate the time of day you expect to cross the starting line (use the page labeled "Start Times" to assist
with this). Then, on the "Pacing" page, do the following:

1: Enter your Estimated Start Time (use HH:MM:SS format, with "AM" or "PM" on the end).
2: Enter your marathon goal time (use HH:MM:SS format)

Optional:
3: If you want to use a different pacing strategy, select a different number from the drop-down list in the
"Pacing Strategy" box. You can use one of the following values:
1 = Even effort (faster on the downhills, slower on the uphills, etc.)
2 = Fairly even effort (a more even pace than #1)
3 = Fairly even pace (a more even pace than #2)
4 = Even pace (same pace every mile)
5 = Customized pacing (for instructions, scroll right on "Pacing" page and look in column T)

If you want to use a different starting strategy (slow / fast), select a different number from the drop-
down list in the "Start Strategy" box. You can use one of the following values:
1 = Slow start (you expect to have a very crowded and slow start)
2 = Fairly slow start (you expect some crowding and a somewhat slow start)
3 = Fairly fast start (you expect to get up to pace farily quickly)
4 = Fast start (you expect to get up to pace very quickly)

If you want to use a different finishstrategy (max fade / no fade), select a different number from the drop-
down list in the "Finish Strategy" box. You can use one of the following values:
1 = Max Fade (you want to allow extra time for potential fatigue and slow-down during last 6 miles)
2 = Medium Fade (you want to allow for medium fatigue and slow-down during last 6 miles)
3 = Slight Fade (you want to allow for slight fatigue and slow-down during last 6 miles)
4 = No Fade (you don't want to allow for any fatigue or slow-down during last 6 miles)

When done, click on the "Wrist Bands" tab and follow the directiobns for printing a pace band you can
wear during the race. The "Map" page includes the predicted time of day you will arrive at each mile
marker and can be used as a guide for spectators.

Official Boston Marathon Web Site: http://baa.org/BostonMarathon

Created by: Greg Maclin (Revised 03/21/2009)


Updates to this spreadsheet will be posted at: http://www.box.net/shared/75o3rqgty9
Comments and feedback may be e-mailed to: gregmaclin@gmail.com
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Est. Start Time: 10:02:00 AM Est. Completion Time: 12:57 PM Slowest Mile(s): 06:58 First Half: 1:26:49
Goal Time: 2:55:00 Pacing Strategy: 2 - Fairly Even Effort Fastest Mile(s): 06:27 Second Half: 1:28:11
Avg. Goal Pace: 0:06:40 Start Strategy: 3 - Fairly Fast Start (If fastest mile is too fast, try a Difference: 0:01:23
Finish (Fade) Strategy: 1 - Maximum Fade more "Even Pace" pacing strategy) (Positive Split)
Notes:
- Items in RED can be changed/customized Pacing Strategy Start Strategy Finish Strategy
- In "Pacing Strategy" cell, select 1,2,3,4, or 5 (see chart on right for meanings) 1 = Even Effort 1 = Slow Start 1 = Max Fade at End
- In "Start Strategy" cell, select 1,2,3, or 4 (see chart on right for meanings)
- In "Finish Strategy" cell, select 1,2,3, or 4 (see chart for meanings) 4 = Even Pace 4 = Fast Start 4 = No Fade at End
- For "Est. Start Time", use the "Start Times" tab to help you esitmate your start time 5 = Custom
- To create a custom pacing strategy, follow the direction in column T Check Points
- For wrist band, click on "Wrist Band" tab at bottom of this page
Pace Leg Elapsed Time Elapsed Time
Mile Description (Elevation Chage) Comment Factor Pace Time of Day K Miles Time of Day
0-1 Downhill first 1/2 (-143'), then slight rise (+36') Hopkinton / E. Main St 1.004 06:42 0:06:42 10:08:42 AM
1-2 Slight downhill entire mile (-54') E. Main St 1.003 06:42 0:13:24 10:15:24 AM
2-3 Downhill with slight uphill in middle (-58') W. Union St 0.974 06:30 0:19:54 10:21:54 AM 5K 3.11 0:20:36 10:22:36 AM
3-4 Downhill entire mile (-66') Ashland / Union St 0.986 06:35 0:26:29 10:28:29 AM
4-5 Slight uphill entire mile (+25') Waverly St 1.004 06:42 0:33:11 10:35:11 AM
5-6 Slight downhill at beginning (-34') Waverly St 0.981 06:33 0:39:44 10:41:44 AM 10K 6.21 0:41:08 10:43:08 AM
6-7 Mainly level Framingham / Waverly St 0.990 06:37 0:46:20 10:48:20 AM
7-8 Level with short hill towards end (+31') Waverly St / W. Central St 0.995 06:39 0:52:59 10:54:59 AM
8-9 Mainly level W. Central St / Fiske Pond 0.984 06:34 0:59:33 11:01:33 AM 15K 9.32 1:01:42 11:03:42 AM
9-10 Mainly slight uphill (+25') Fiske Pond / W. Central St 1.003 06:42 1:06:15 11:08:15 AM
10-11 Mainly slight uphill (+24') Natick / E. Central St 1.003 06:42 1:12:57 11:14:57 AM
11-12 Sight uphill at start, then slight downhill (-43') E. Central St 0.980 06:32 1:19:29 11:21:29 AM 20K 12.43 1:22:18 11:24:18 AM
12-13 Slight uphill at start, then slightly rolling hills Central St. / Wellesley College 0.989 06:36 1:26:05 11:28:05 AM
13-14 Dip in middle of mile (-23'), then flat Wellesley / Washington St 0.989 06:36 1:32:42 11:34:42 AM Half 13.11 1:26:49 11:28:49 AM
14-15 Mainly slight uphill (+27') Washington St 1.001 06:41 1:39:22 11:41:22 AM
15-16 Slight uphill at start, then steep downhill (-118') Wash. St / Newton lower falls 0.966 06:27 1:45:49 11:47:49 AM 25K 15.53 1:42:49 11:44:49 AM
16-17 Uphill for first 1/2 mile (+75'), then level Hill #1 / Newton-Wellesley Hosp 1.017 06:47 1:52:36 11:54:36 AM
17-18 Slight downhill first 3/4,then steep uphill (+74') Newton Fire Station / Hill #2 1.016 06:47 1:59:23 12:01:23 PM
18-19 Slight downhill over entire mile (-34') Commonwealth Av 0.988 06:36 2:05:59 12:07:59 PM 30K 18.64 2:03:37 12:05:37 PM
19-20 Slight downhill first 1/4 then uphill (+63') John Kelly Statue / Hill #3 1.017 06:47 2:12:46 12:14:46 PM
20-21 Level first 1/4, then steep uphill (+97') Heartbreak Hill (Hill #4) 1.045 06:58 2:19:45 12:21:45 PM
21-22 Downill first 1/2 (-87'), then level Commonwealth (Boston College) 0.998 06:40 2:26:25 12:28:25 PM 35K 21.75 2:24:44 12:26:44 PM
22-23 Downhill first 1/2 (-57'), level, then slight rise Beacon St (Cleveland circle) 1.019 06:48 2:33:13 12:35:13 PM
23-24 Downhill entire mile (-95') Beacon St (Coolidge Corner) 0.998 06:40 2:39:53 12:41:53 PM
24-25 Level with slight rise at end (over freeway) Beacon St (Citgo Hill) 1.017 06:47 2:46:40 12:48:40 PM 40K 24.85 2:45:41 12:47:41 PM
25-26 Slight downhill after fwy, dip under Mass Ave. Kenmore Sqr / Commonwealth 1.026 06:51 2:53:31 12:55:31 PM
26-26.2 Slight uphill before last turn onto Boylston St. Boylston St / Boston Public Libr 1.019 06:48 2:55:00 12:57:00 PM Full 26.22 2:55:00 12:57:00 PM
To customize the pace factors used in this spreadsheet:
1 - Put a value of "5" in the "Pacing Strategy " cell
2 - Edit the RED pace factors below in column T (assume a fast start / no fade )
3 - When done, make sure the average pace factor is very close to 1.000
Note: The pace factor chart below is not included when printing

Custom
Pace Factors

Avg. Pace Factor


1.0000

Custom Resulting
Factors Pace
0.967 06:27
0.991 06:37
0.970 06:28
0.992 06:37
1.018 06:48
0.984 06:34
0.998 06:40
1.005 06:43
0.989 06:36
1.018 06:48
1.018 06:48
0.982 06:33
0.997 06:39
0.996 06:39
1.014 06:46
0.961 06:25
1.038 06:56
1.037 06:55
0.985 06:34
1.022 06:49
1.055 07:02
0.978 06:32
1.002 06:41
0.971 06:29
0.999 06:40
1.012 06:45
1.006 06:43
When ready to create your pace
band, print this page. (If possible,
use a laser printer because most
inkjet inks bleed easily when they
get wet.)

Select which pace band format you


like and cover both sides with clear
packing tape before cutting it out to
protect from moisture.

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Elevation/Pace Profile - Boston Marathon
(Elapsed Time) Slowest mile(s): 06:58
(Time of Day) (Pace) Fastest mile(s): 06:27

0:00:00 0:06:42 0:13:24 0:19:54 0:26:29 0:33:11


10:02:00 AM 06:42 10:08:42 AM 06:42 10:15:24 AM 06:30 10:21:54 AM 06:35 10:28:29 AM 06:42 10:35:11 AM

Elevation (Meters)
500 152.4
Elevation (Feet)

400 Ashland 121.9

300 91.4

200 61.0
100 30.5

0 0.0
START (Hopkinton) 1 Mile 2 Miles 3 Miles 4 Miles 5 Miles

0:33:11 0:39:44 0:46:20 0:52:59 0:59:33 1:06:15


10:35:11 AM 06:33 10:41:44 AM 06:37 10:48:20 AM 06:39 10:54:59 AM 06:34 11:01:33 AM 06:42 11:08:15 AM

Elevation (Meters)
500 152.4
Elevation (Feet)

400 Framingham Fiske Pond 121.9

300 91.4

200 61.0
100 30.5

0 0.0 Average Pace: 06:40


5 Miles 6 Miles 7 Miles 8 Miles 9 Miles 10 Miles

1:06:15 1:12:57 1:19:29 1:26:05 1:32:42 1:39:22


11:08:15 AM 06:42 11:14:57 AM 06:32 11:21:29 AM 06:36 11:28:05 AM 06:36 11:34:42 AM 06:41 11:41:22 AM
Splits

Elevation (Meters)
500 152.4 First Half: 1:26:49
Elevation (Feet)

Wellesley Second Half: 1:28:11


400 Natick Wellesley 121.9
College
300 91.4 Difference: 0:01:23
200 61.0
100 30.5
Check Points
Elapsed Time
0 0.0 K Miles
Time of Day
10 Miles 11 Miles 12 Miles 13 Miles 14 Miles 15 Miles
5K 3.107 0:20:36 10:22:36 AM
1:39:22 1:45:49 1:52:36 1:59:23 2:05:59 2:12:46 10K 6.214 0:41:08 10:43:08 AM
11:41:22 AM 06:27 11:47:49 AM 06:47 11:54:36 AM 06:47 12:01:23 PM 06:36 12:07:59 PM 06:47 12:14:46 PM
15K 9.321 1:01:42 11:03:42 AM

Elevation (Meters)
500 152.4 20K 12.427 1:22:18 11:24:18 AM
Elevation (Feet)

400 Newton Lower Newton John Kelley 121.9 Half 13.109 1:26:49 11:28:49 AM
Falls Firestation Statue
300 91.4 25K 15.534 1:42:49 11:44:49 AM

200 61.0 30K 18.641 2:03:37 12:05:37 PM

100 30.5 40K 24.855 2:45:41 12:47:41 PM

0 0.0 Full 26.219 2:55:00 12:57:00 PM


15 Miles 16 Miles 17 Miles 18 Miles 19 Miles 20 Miles
2:53:31
2:12:46 2:19:45 2:26:25 2:33:13 2:39:53 2:46:40 12:55:31 PM 2:55:00
12:14:46 PM 06:58 12:21:45 PM 06:40 12:28:25 PM 06:48 12:35:13 PM 06:40 12:41:53 PM 06:47 12:48:40 PM 06:51 06:48 12:57:00 PM

Elevation (Meters)
500 152.4
Elevation (Feet)

Heartbreak Boston Cleveland Coolidge Mass Ave.


400 Citgo Hill 121.9
Hill College Circle Corner Underpass
300 91.4
Kenmore
200 61.0
Square
100 30.5
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Boston Marathon Hill Information
Length Gain/Loss Average Steepest
Mile: Up/Down: (Miles): (Feet): Grade: Grade: Comment:
0.0 Downhill 0.60 -143 -4.5% -5.7% Starting line
0.6 Uphill 0.14 36 4.9% 5.2% Very short uphill
0.7 Downhill 3.00 -187 -1.2% -4.3% Very long downhill section
7.6 Uphill 0.13 31 4.5% 4.6% Very short uphill
7.8 Downhill 0.18 -30 -3.2% -4.2% Very short downhill
15.3 Downhill 0.60 -118 -3.7% -5.2% Just before Newton Lower Falls
16.0 Uphill 0.60 75 2.4% 3.2% Just past Newton Lower Falls
17.6 Uphill 0.30 74 4.7% 4.9% Just past Newton Fire Station
19.2 Uphill 0.40 63 3.0% 4.5% Newton City Hall
20.3 Uphill 0.40 97 4.6% 5.2% Heartbreak Hill
21.0 Downhill 0.50 -87 -3.3% -4.4% Boston College
22.0 Downhill 0.50 -57 -2.2% -3.9% Cleveland Circle
23.1 Downhill 1.00 -95 -1.8% -2.9% Beacon Street
Boston Marathon Course Map
(Print and use this page as a spectator guide)

Predicted time of day for each mile marker: Predicted check point times:
Mile Description Time Mile Description Time K Miles Elapsed Time of Day
0-1 Hopkinton / E. Main St 10:08:42 AM 14-15 Washington St 11:41:22 AM 5K 3.107 0:20:36 10:22:36 AM
1-2 E. Main St 10:15:24 AM 15-16 Wash. St / Newton lower falls 11:47:49 AM 10K 6.214 0:41:08 10:43:08 AM
2-3 W. Union St 10:21:54 AM 16-17 Hill #1 / Newton-Wellesley Hosp 11:54:36 AM 15K 9.321 1:01:42 11:03:42 AM
3-4 Ashland / Union St 10:28:29 AM 17-18 Newton Fire Station / Hill #2 12:01:23 PM 20K 12.427 1:22:18 11:24:18 AM
4-5 Waverly St 10:35:11 AM 18-19 Commonwealth Av 12:07:59 PM Half 13.109 1:26:49 11:28:49 AM
5-6 Waverly St 10:41:44 AM 19-20 John Kelly Statue / Hill #3 12:14:46 PM 25K 15.534 1:42:49 11:44:49 AM
6-7 Framingham / Waverly St 10:48:20 AM 20-21 Heartbreak Hill (Hill #4) 12:21:45 PM 30K 18.641 2:03:37 12:05:37 PM
7-8 Waverly St / W. Central St 10:54:59 AM 21-22 Commonwealth (Boston College) 12:28:25 PM 35K 21.748 2:24:44 12:26:44 PM
8-9 W. Central St / Fiske Pond 11:01:33 AM 22-23 Beacon St (Cleveland circle) 12:35:13 PM 40K 24.855 2:45:41 12:47:41 PM
9-10 Fiske Pond / W. Central St 11:08:15 AM 23-24 Beacon St (Coolidge Corner) 12:41:53 PM Full 26.219 2:55:00 12:57:00 PM
10-11 Natick / E. Central St 11:14:57 AM 24-25 Beacon St (Citgo Hill) 12:48:40 PM
11-12 E. Central St 11:21:29 AM 25-26 Kenmore Sqr / Commonwealth 12:55:31 PM
12-13 Central St. / Wellesley College 11:28:05 AM 26-26.2 Boylston St / Boston Public Libr 12:57:00 PM Average Pace: 06:40 Minutes/Mile
13-14 Wellesley / Washington St 11:34:42 AM
Estimated Start Times for Each Corral

First Wave:
Official Start Time: 10:00:00 AM 2009 2008 2007
Average Delay per Corral: 0:01:00 Maximum Maximum Maximum
Qualifying Time Qualifying Time Qualifying Time
Corral #: Bib #'s: Est. Delay: Est. Start Time: for Each Corral: for Each Corral: for Each Corral:
1 1000-1999 0:00:00 10:00:00 AM 2:55:10 2:55:20 2:55:56
2 2000-2999 0:01:00 10:01:00 AM 3:01:17 3:01:28 3:02:08
3 3000-3999 0:02:00 10:02:00 AM 3:06:29 3:06:40 3:07:02
4 4000-4999 0:03:00 10:03:00 AM 3:09:16 3:09:29 3:09:35
5 5000-5999 0:04:00 10:04:00 AM 3:12:03 3:12:21 3:12:51
6 6000-6999 0:05:00 10:05:00 AM 3:15:04 3:15:24 3:15:47
7 7000-7999 0:06:00 10:06:00 AM 3:18:29 3:18:40 3:19:04
8 8000-8999 0:07:00 10:07:00 AM 3:21:00 3:21:49 3:22:42
9 9000-9999 0:08:00 10:08:00 AM 3:25:05 3:25:51 3:26:35
10 10000-10999 0:09:00 10:09:00 AM 3:27:51 3:28:32 3:29:04
11 11000-11999 0:10:00 10:10:00 AM 3:29:40 3:30:25 3:31:10
12 12000-12999 0:11:00 10:11:00 AM 3:32:02 3:33:10 3:34:20
13 13000-13999 0:12:00 10:12:00 AM 3:34:36 3:34:56 3:36:58

Second Wave:
Official Start Time: 10:30:00 AM 2008 2008 2007
Average Delay per Corral: 0:01:00 Maximum Maximum Maximum
Qualifying Time Qualifying Time Qualifying Time
Corral #: Bib #'s: Est. Delay: Est. Start Time: for Each Corral: for Each Corral: for Each Corral:
14 14000-14999 0:00:00 10:30:00 AM 3:37:00 3:37:30 3:39:27
15 15000-15999 0:01:00 10:31:00 AM 3:39:14 3:39:40 3:42:43
16 16000-16999 0:02:00 10:32:00 AM 3:41:54 3:42:39 3:46:08
17 17000-17999 0:03:00 10:33:00 AM 3:45:02 3:45:42 3:52:37
18 18000-18999 0:04:00 10:34:00 AM 3:49:47 3:50:34 4:00:50
19 19000-19999 0:05:00 10:35:00 AM 3:56:44 3:58:09 Remainder
20 20000-20999 0:06:00 10:36:00 AM 4:04:45 4:16:30
21+ 21000-27466 0:07:00 10:37:00 AM Remainder Remainder

Note:

You may ask to be moved to a slower corral or slower wave, but you may not move to a faster
corral or wave.
Finish Area in Boston
Qualifying for the Boston Marathon

Qualifying times must be run on a USATF certified marathon course and are based upon your
age on the date of the Boston Marathon in which you will be participating:

Men Women
Age Qualifying WMA Age Grade % Qualifying WMA Age Grade %
Groups Time Range Average Time Range Average
18-34 3:10:59 65.4-68.0 66.7% 3:40:59 61.9-62.4 62.2%
35-39 3:15:59 63.7-64.8 66.0% 3:45:59 60.8-62.4 61.6%
40-44 3:20:59 63.7-65.9 64.8% 3:50:59 61.5-64.3 62.9%
45-49 3:30:59 63.3-65.5 64.4% 4:00:59 62.3-65.5 63.9%
50-54 3:35:59 64.6-67.0 65.8% 4:05:59 65.0-68.5 66.8%
55-59 3:45:59 64.6-67.1 65.9% 4:15:59 66.8-70.7 68.8%
60-64 4:00:59 63.6-66.2 64.9% 4:30:59 67.7-72.3 70.0%
65-69 4:15:59 62.9-65.6 64.3% 4:45:59 69.7-75.3 72.5%
70-74 4:30:59 62.7-66.0 64.4% 5:00:59 73.1-80.3 76.7%
75-79 4:45:59 63.5-68.5 66.0% 5:15:59 78.5-88.0 83.3%
80+ 5:00:59 66.6- 66.6% 5:30:59 86.8- 86.8%
Notes:

The WMA Age Grade % represents the range of WMA (World Masters Athletics) Age Grade percentages
required to qualify for each Boston Marathon age group. (These percentages are calculated by a
comparison with actual or predicted world record marathon times for each age.)

The Boston Marathon qualifying "window" lasts 18-19 months and usually begins during the last week of
September (check the official Boston Marathon Web site for the exact date each year). This means that
anyone who runs a qualifying time between the end of September and the deadline for entry into the next
Boston Marathon is eligible for entry into the next two Boston Marathons, as long as they meet the age
requirement for their qualifying time on the dates for both races. Your age on the date you run your
qualifying time is not important, only your age on the date of the race.

In general, if you qualify at a marathon from mid-February through September, you will only be eligible for
the Boston Marathon held the following year. If you qualify at a marathon from October through mid-
February, you are potentially eligible for the next two Boston Marathons.

These qualifying standards provide interesting possibilities for people with birthdays between the end of
September and the middle of April. For example, someone turning 48 in March of 2008 could run in the
October 2008 Chicago Marathon and qualify for the 50-54 age group at the 2010 Boston Marathon.

In other words, it is possible to be 48 on the day you qualify as a 50 year-old, but you have to skip a
Boston Marathon before participating so your age can "catch up" with your qualifying time.
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