Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Boston Marathon: new standards!
Beginning with the 2012 registration, the B.A.A. is instituting a rolling admission. Basically the faster qualifying times for each division are rewarded. For the first week of registration, those who ran their qualifier 20 minutes faster than the standard will get to register. During the second week, those who ran their qualifier 10 minutes faster can register. Later in the week, everyone will get to register but priorities are still given to the faster runners.
For the 2013 registration, the 59 second grace period in qualifying times will be abandoned and all qualifying times will be 5 minutes faster. The extra 5 minutes I was looking forward to with my 40th birthday coming up this year will no longer be available. Boo. I have a lot of friends who squeaked in with their qualifying times this year. Had it been 2013, they would not be training for Boston right now.
What about you? What are your thoughts? It all seems very fair to me and I like that it maintains the elite status of the Boston Marathon. It should be hard to get in to. Someday I hope to qualify and be there. What I would like though is for the B.A.A. to review the number of sponsered entries that are given out. Years ago a man I worked with got a bib because his wife worked for Adidas. It was his first marathon and he finished in over 5 hours. This year a woman I know got a free bib (and an all-expense paid trip, plus swag!). She'll finish in the 3:40 range (which will qualify her for 2012), but it will also be her first marathon. I wouldn't want a freebie because I think Boston is something that has to be earned. It bothers me to know qualified runners have been bumped because of the free entries sponsers have given away.