Based on an excellent analysis of the impact of the new qualifying standards and rolling registration system on entrants for the Boston Marathon by Andrew Mooney of Boston. com, I feel confident that I’m in for 2013. Mooney’s well-researched article is worth a read: Higher qualifying standards to reduce marathon registration traffic.
A FEW NOTES
- My qualifying time for 2013 exceeded my age-group standard by 19 minutes and 39 seconds.
- This will be my fifth Boston marathon (1998, 2000, 2007, 2008)
- In 2007 I met the qualifying standard for Open Men of 3:10, exceeding my age-group standard by 55 minutes.
- My husband ran the 1978 Boston marathon when the standard for Open Men was 2:50 and Open Women 3:20.
- In 1978 the cut off for having your time published in the souvenir booklet was 3:15 for both sexes.
- The current standard for Open Men of 3:05 is more challenging than the standard for women of 3:35.
- The age-graded equivalent for women to the standard for Open Men is 3:20:30