Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bye Bye Boston

Well, I WAS qualified for Boston but not so much any more. Because the race sold out in 8 hours for 2011 the BAA has changed registration from now on. The first people who get to register are those who beat their qualifying time by 20 minutes or more then those who beat their qualifying time by 10 minutes then by 5 minutes. If the race still isn't full then people who just made their qualifying time get to enter. Starting in 2013 qualifying times will also drop by 5 minutes. So, unless by some miracle Boston does not fill well before the lowly "just qualifieds" have a chance to register then I'll have to wait until 2013 when my effective qualifying time is likely to be 3:05.
I wonder if I could get a minute per mile faster than I am already. I think I still have about 22 pounds that I could lose and I could be faster if I cane into a race better rested; my BQ time was run the week after I had run two marathons at hard effort back to back.

I thought it was supposed to be easy come, easy go. I worked really hard to BQ but it was still easy go.


  1. Ok, that sucks. My suggestion to the BAA is to have a three day event. On Saturday have a marathon for the charity runners. On Sunday have a marathon for winners of a lottery method of entry. Then on Monday have the real Boston Marathon for qualifiers. This gives folks like me a chance to run the course on Sunday, and leaves more slots open for the fast runners on Monday.

  2. yaa crazy times now for qualifying but although I would like to run Boston some day that has just slipped farther away. I say we stick with the big 100s and us Clydesdale's will moe are way around! ha!


  3. That seems so unfair! Are there no weighting factors for Clydesdales. We need al the help we can get! :)

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  4. What a bummer! No fun at all. I know a few others who didn't get

  5. Just so we're all clear, the first week of registration is for the much, much smaller proportion of qualifiers who are 5 min or more under their qualifying time, and more than half of that time is for those 10 min or more under the qualifying time. I will be very surprised if the field is closed by the end of that first week.