So… the running buzz today is about the Boston Marathon and the ch-ch-ch-changes happening. If you’re not familiar with the info, the basics are:
1. A new rolling admission process will be implemented so those with the fastest qualifying times get entry first.
2. Qualifying times will be tougher as the time limits are going to be faster by 2013.
You can read more about the official specs, including the times for various age groups, on Boston.com.
However… all this does for me:
1. Re-affirm that qualifying for Boston isn’t really a priority for me at this time, if ever. I’d probably have to be 60+ to qualify! (I need to regain my MTH before I could even ponder the idea of Boston anyway.)
2. Since this year the race was full in 8 HOURS, it seems logical to make the race standards more elite… it’s considered to be THE elite race! The admission process is a bit disheartening though, because there is a chance that you’ll still not be “good enough”, even if you’re good enough.
3. It would be absolutely amazing to go to Boston for the marathon as a SPECTATOR. That city knows how to respect a race!
What are your thoughts on the changes in the Boston Marathon?
- A Brief Women’s History of the Boston Marathon (fitsugar.com)
- Ryan Hall to run 2011 Boston Marathon (boston.com)
- Kara Goucher, Desiree Davila commits to Boston Marathon (sports.espn.go.com)