Boston Marathon Qualification Adjustments

…just a quick outline the happenin’s surrounding the Boston Marathon debacle…you can check out DCRainmaker’s much more thorough breakdown here

Since the BAA’s announcement of their modified qualification standards, and sign-up procedure the web has been buzzing with activity.  Just quickly, here’s what the BAA folks had to say…

The following section is completely, utterly and with–malice-of-forethought stolen from here:

2013 Boston Marathon

For the 2013 Boston Marathon, in addition to the new “rolling admission” process for registration which will be in effect for the 2012 Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. will adjust the qualifying times by lowering them by five minutes from the times which have been in effect in recent past years. The adjusted qualifying times will go into effect on September 24, 2011, and are as follows:

2013 Qualifying Times (effective September 24, 2011)

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.

Registration for the 2013 Boston Marathon will begin on Monday, September 10, 2012.

What does this mean to the average runner?  Not only will you have to run 5 minutes faster than you used to just to meet the qualifying times, but with the graduated/rolling entry dates based on how much further you exceeded your BQ time you may find yourself SOL.  Unless you are supremely confident that the speedsters won’t fill up the all entry spots before it gets to the general registration date, you’ll still have to digitally dual with all the other folks who couldn’t manage to squeeze out another 5-10 minutes of speed.

In my case, I was planning to try an BQ next year when I jump into a higher age bracket, thus giving me a 5 minute cushion and an additional year to build my speed.  Now, if I factor in needing an additional 10 minutes off my BQ time which would allow me to signup earlier, plus the 5 minute qualification-wide time adjustment I’m looking at going from running my first sub-4hr marathon this past fall to attempting a sub-3hr marathon in just a year and a half….let’s say I’m not terribly optimistic.  At the same time I’m not terribly heart-broken either, maybe I’m never expecting to be that fast, or maybe I’m just not sold on the prestige of the race…I’m not sure.

Congrats to those who can and will BQ in the future, to those who enjoy the race, and to those who take it upon themselves to strive for that lofty goal.  Good Luck


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Posted on February 17, 2011, in Distance, Marathon, Running and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I think that the women’s standard should be as difficult as the men’s with one exception. Women who were 35 or over when the first women’s olympic marathon was run, 1984. Younger women have less excuse for not being able to perform at the same level as men. However, these women, and even women my age had very limited opportunities to take part in track and field. There were very few track teams for girls, no track scholarships . . . women could not run in the Boston marathon. My point, that somehow allowances should be made for the vacuum of opportunity and role models.

    I got shut out this year because of my plan to run a late fall race, but am happy to know I’ll get in for 2012 in the first wave of registration. Even if this system results in more men than women, I would like to see this newest wave of young female marathoners push themselves a little harder.

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