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Share your Boston qualifying story

Posted by Matt Pepin, BostonGlobe.com Staff  March 28, 2011 03:44 PM

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Did you just barely hit your qualifying time to get in this year's Boston Marathon? Did it take you several attempts? Did you have to overcome some serious obstacles to achieve your goal?

We're looking for readers to share their qualifying story.

You can review the submissions we've approved, and add your own tale for consideration, at a special page we've created in our Boston Marathon section. Some of the best will be considered for possible inclusion in a Globe feature about qualifying. (Note: the form asks for your email and phone number -- it's only in case we want to contact you for more info. They will not be published anywhere.)

So what if your qualifying story isn't very dramatic, or you're a marathon veteran? Then please consider sharing your secrets in another feature: The best running advice I ever received.

Some of the best of these will also be considered for inclusion in the Globe's upcoming special section previewing the 2011 Boston Marathon.

Look for the popular Why I Run feature to debut later this week, and more running news and stories as we get closer to the event.

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Look for updates, news, analysis and commentary from the following.
  • Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
  • Ty Velde is a 16-time Boston qualifier who's completed 12 consecutive Boston Marathons and 25 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 13th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
  • Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes

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