By CATHERINE WELCH
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Some 200 runners will converge on Narragansett Saturday for the only marathon in the U.S. outside Olympic trials that's strictly for qualified runners. The Gansett Marathon has a qualifying time five minutes shorter than the Boston Marathon. So for a male runner between the ages of 18 and 34, he must be able to run 26.2 miles in under three hours and five minutes.
Marathon founder Michael Tammaro says some runners are using his race as a warm up for Boston.
"So we have people who are going to do Gansett on one day and then two days later do the Boston Marathon," says Tammaro. "Last year, in fact, when we only had 55 runners seven of them were doing Boston on Monday."
The first Gansett Marathon was held last year in Exeter, but growth has forced it to move to Narragansett this year.
Tammaro says he started the race after he was shut out of the Boston Marathon because it filled up months in advance. There will be 26,800 runners in the Boston Marathon, which filled up in a little more than eight hours.
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