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Boston Changes Registration/Qualification for 2012 and Beyond

If you already read Karl’s blog, this is old news…..

I have been keeping an eye on the Boston Marathon Website. The rumor had been that they were considering changes to the qualification or registration process. Chuck, Dave, Lauren and I were all trying to qualify with the intent on going in 2012. Chuck qualified first with a 3:28:27 at Rocket City Marathon in Alabama. The rest of us went for it 11 days ago at Surf City. I made it with a 3:27:29 and Dave made it with a 3:35:38.  All 3 of us will be in the 50-54 age division by April 2012 so we all have the same qualifying standard of 3:35:59.

The new process for 2012 allows those who qualify the fastest the first chance to register. It works like this:

– Day 1 (Sept. 12) – Qualifiers who have met their age and gender
qualifying standard (3 hours, 10 minutes for men aged 18-34 and 3
hours, 40 minutes for women 18-34) by a margin of 20 minutes or faster
may apply for the marathon.

– Day 3 (Sept. 14) – Qualifiers who have met the standard set for
their age/gender by a margin of 10 minutes or faster may apply.

– Day 5 (Sept. 16) – Qualifiers who have met their age/gender
qualifying time by a margin of 5 minutes or faster may apply.

– Day 8 (Sept. 19) – Open to all qualifiers to register.

– Day 12 (Sept. 23) – Registration closes for qualified applicants.
Registered qualifiers will be notified of their acceptance by Sept.
28.

As it stands now, Chuck and I may register on Day 5 based on qualifying with more than 5 minutes to spare. Dave will have to wait for Day 8.  This has given me new inspiration to improve my qualifying time. I will run LA with the main goal of running 3:25 or faster. This would give me a 10 minute cushion and will allow me to register on day 3.  If I have a really awesome day, it is conceivable that I could sneak it at 3:15:59 or faster to snag that day one registration privilege!! I may even consider Orange County to take one more shot at it.  Since the registration itself takes place in September, and there are no fast races to be done in the summer (at least no where nearby) Orange County or perhaps Rock N Roll San Diego are the last qualifying chances for this year.

One interesting twist to the rolling registration process is that if you qualify for the Day 1, Day 3 or even Day 5 registration. Your registration is accepted the moment you register and your qualification is verified.  If you have to wait to the Day 8 registration, that registration will remain open for 5 days. At the end of 5 days, they will sort those registered during this time period and accept as many as they can BASED on their qualification time within their age group/gender.  So, even then if you are 4 minutes ahead of the cutoff, your chances are better than if you are 4 seconds ahead of the cutoff. It will behoove Dave to try to find 5 more minutes! You can do it Dave!!

For 2013, in addition to the rolling registration process, the standards have been adjusted:

Age Group Men Women
18-34 3hrs 05min 00sec 3hrs 35min 00sec
35-39 3hrs 10min 00sec 3hrs 40min 00sec
40-44 3hrs 15min 00sec 3hrs 45min 00sec
45-49 3hrs 25min 00sec 3hrs 55min 00sec
50-54 3hrs 30min 00sec 4hrs 00min 00sec
55-59 3hrs 40min 00sec 4hrs 10min 00sec
60-64 3hrs 55min 00sec 4hrs 25min 00sec
65-69 4hrs 10min 00sec 4hrs 40min 00sec
70-74 4hrs 25min 00sec 4hrs 55min 00sec
75-79 4hrs 40min 00sec 5hrs 10min 00sec
80 and over 4hrs 55min 00sec 5hrs 25min 00sec
*Unlike previous years, an additional 59 seconds will NOT be accepted for each age group time standard.

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