Last Monday, registration for the 2017 Boston Marathon began, first for those who exceeded their qualifying standard by more than 20 minutes, then a few days later by 10 minutes, and then five minutes and so forth. This week marks the end of the rolling registration process for runners who have run less than five minutes faster than their qualifying times. For these runners the week will be filled with angst and crossed fingers, hoping their times will be fast enough to get in.
You see, simply running a qualifying time is not enough anymore. Running a time only qualifies you to APPLY for registration, with the fastest applicants getting accepted. After the 2011 registration period, qualifying times were tightened by five minutes for each age group and for the 2016 race, marathoners needed a qualifier that was at least two minutes and 28 seconds faster than their qualifying time to actually race in Boston. Wow!
We want to know what you think!
- Is the current system fine?
- Or should the BAA increase the field size so all qualifiers can compete or tighten the standards?
- If the BAA tightens the standards should they do so for both men and women or, as some argue, are the standards too soft for women as compared to men?