Boston Marathon qualifying and registration are revised
February 18, 2011 9:27 AM Subscribe
posted by I am the Walrus (40 comments total)
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The Boston Marathon has made it harder to qualify
, by lowering times by 5:00 minutes across the board, and also by eliminating the 59 second grace period.
According to the new qualifying times
, a 40 year old male would have been able to register with a time of 3:20:59, which will be lowered to 3:15:00 starting for the 2013 race.
However, registration has also been altered beginning for the 2012 race, with rolling registration dates
, where registration opens first to people with faster times and then gradually opens to people with
less fast times. This means that many runners who trained hard for a Boston Qualifying time in another race may still be denied the opportunity to register, which is understandably causing some outrage.
The changes are in response to last year, when registration filled in a record 8 hours and 3 minutes
Official press release
of the BAA covering the changes.