The Boston athletic Association announced changes to the qualify standards and have introduced a tier registration schedule. Becky told me that I should make sure that I registered this year because I might not ever get the chance again. I might not ever run another BQ time. Well, the standards have defiantly gotten tougher. Starting in 2013 all times have been reduced by 5 minutes. The changes are actually effectively 6 minutes because if you look at the chart below you will see the fine print (notice the asterisk – “*Unlike previous years, an additional 59 seconds will NOT be accepted for each age group time standard”. However, many people do not believe that this is enough and that the reduction should not have been across the board – some age groups should have had been reduced by more than 5 minutes..
*Unlike previous years, an additional 59 seconds will
NOT be accepted for each age group time standard
However, I think the tier registration is a bigger deal. Starting this year you will get preferential treatment by how much you beat your qualifying time. For example, to be one of the first registered entrant (and a ‘guaranteed entry’) you need to exceed your qualifying time by 20 minutes. For me, this year it would be a 2:55 (3:15 – 20 minutes). Next year it would be 2:50 (3:10 – 20). I am glad that I registered this year. The sub-3 attempt shows me that these marathons are NOT money in the bank- Race Report (I’m still working on my Lessons Learned – stay tuned). You still have to go out and execute. For the official BAA announcement, click here.For a detailed analysis of the changes check out DC Rainmakers blog – here.
Tiered registration dates
Do you think the changes will effect the make up of the Boston Marathon? Is Boston still a goal for you?