Boston or Bust Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

Sunday, September 8, 2024 • Huntsville, AL

The Boston or Bust Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K is a popular qualifying race amongst competitors racing to qualify for the oldest-ever marathon course, the Boston Marathon. 

Extremely fast and flat. Boston or Bust arises runners bright and early at the crack of 6:00 a.m., largely due to the average temperatures of Southern Alabama in September ranging between 64F/ 87F. 

With a flat course and ideal temperatures, Boston or Bust is also historically known for being the final window of qualification for the Boston Marathon the following April. As a great event to peak and PR for the Boston Marathon, this race has become a favourite amongst competitors and is now definitively ranked #1 for the fastest course in Alabama.

Starting and finishing at the Ditto Landing Marina on 293 Ditto Landing Rd SE, this fast and flat course takes runners along the Aldridge Creek Greenway for its entire duration of 13.1 miles as an up-and-back style half marathon. 

Before landing feet on Aldridge Creek Greenway at half a mile in, however, runners will take an immediate left onto W Eugene Morgan Road. Once on Aldridge Creek Greenway, runners continue forth until reaching the fork in the road leading to Bailey Cove Road SE.

It’s here where runners turn around, remaining on Aldridge Creek Road back toward the start/finish line of Ditto Landing Marina.  

With a generous cut-off time of five (5) hours and an even more generous post-race after party, the Boston or Bust isn’t only popular amongst Boston Marathon Competitors but community fun-runners too! 

All participants can expect complimentary food and drink, live musical entertainment at the Ditto Landing Marina Pavilion, a commemorative shirt at registration, and of course, a decorative winner’s medal.

Race Weather & Climate

Set in the northern part of the state, less than 20 miles from the state border with Tennessee, the city of Huntsville typically sees mild to cool weather conditions in the mid-fall season, as well as ample rainfall. In September, temperatures average between 64°F and 86°F, while rainfall totals average just over 2.9 inches for the month.

On race day (September 8), the average low is 62ºF and the average high is 80ºF.

Past Results

2022 Boston or Bust Marathon Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Boston or Bust Marathon & Half Marathon course map here.

Starting Time

Start Time: 6:00am CDT

There is a 5:00 hour cutoff for the half marathon. This works out to be 22:50 min/ miles.


To reserve your spot in the 2024 Boston or Bust Marathon and Half Marathon, register online at here.

Half Marathon Fees

$70 fee for the half marathon.

Boston or Bust Marathon & Half Marathon Official Race Website

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