Dundee mayor has run nearly 700 miles in preparation for the iconic race

Ever since he decided to start running marathons in February 2011, Ted Crawford has been shooting to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

With the qualifying time for the 40 to 44-year-old division moved to 3:15 in 2012, the Dundee mayor was a bit daunted at his prospects of reaching his ultimate goal.

Crawford will race in this year’s event, not because he got faster, but because he got older. by: SUBMITTED - Boston debut – Dundee Mayor Ted Crawford's 3:18 finish at the 2012 Portland marathon was not good enough to earn him a trip to the 2013 Boston Marathon, but because he turned 45 this year, that mark came in well below the 3:25 qualifying standard for that age division.

He still has never beaten 3:15 and his 3:18 finish at the 2012 Portland marathon wasn’t good enough to get him into last year’s race in Boston.

But because the time was still eligible for the 2014 race, all he had to do was wait a year and turn 45, which allowed him take advantage of that division’s 3:25 qualifying threshold.

“It was a great feeling,” Crawford said. “I tried to get faster times when I did Vancouver, British Columbia, last year, but I knew that I didn’t have to kill myself because I’d already qualified.”

The major worry was whether he would be able to register or not, as race entries are done according to qualifying time, with the fastest runners getting first crack.

Crawford was able to register as a member of the second-to-last qualifying group and will reach his goal by racing through the streets of Boston on April 21.

“There was high demand this year because of the bombing last year, plus the number of slots went down because they allowed a lot of the people who didn’t finish last year to automatically qualify again,” Crawford said. “Even (though) the race is big this year, the number of qualifier slots was low.”

Crawford used a new training regimen for the upcoming race, running more 20-plus mile training runs (five) than he did in the past.

At his peak, Crawford was running 60 miles a week and when he completes the race next week, he will have covered nearly 700 miles over a 16-week period.

“It’s like 50 percent physical and 50 percent mental,” Crawford said. “You can be totally ready physically, but if you don’t execute right on the marathon, if you go out too fast, you collapse toward the end of the race.”

That’s why he also underwent starvation training during practice runs, only drinking water. The idea is to have the body get used to running only on its fat reserves, so that for the race, during which he will eat, his body won’t hit the wall when it switches over to burning his own body fat over the last few miles.

Crawford said he is hopeful he will break the 3:15 barrier in Boston because of its fairly fast course, which would be a great cap to his year, and possibly his marathon career.

“That would be perfect,” Crawford said. “If not, who cares? I’ll have a good time. The fan support is fantastic all through the support and I think people will be out to show they support it after the bombings.”

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