Are Boston qualifying time "effectively" five minutes faster?
Jack Posted Feb 18, 2011 3:27 PM
Based on the people I've know who qualify for Boston,Everybody 5 minutes faster than the "old" qualifying time will get. It seems like 90% of the qualifiers I talk to are within a minute or two, or had to use the extra 59 seconds.
So why a 10 minute faster tier and a 20 minute faster tier too? I can't figure out what that accomplishes.
It will be interesting to see how many slots are left after the 5 minute faster crowd signs up. Did Boston effectively make the qualifying time to actually run Boston, five minutes faster. If the number of slots for people who just barely qualified is reduced to a couple hundred or even a couple thousand, for 20,000 possible qualifiers, wouldn't Boston be better off just doing a lottery for the last slots.
My solution was to keep the present qualifying times for first time Boston Runners. Then tighten the qualifying times for everybody else. For many people I know, barely qualifying and then running Boston was one of the high points of their running career. For people who can go out for a training run, and qualify with 10 minutes to spare, it is not nearly as big a deal.
At least then you would know what your qualifying goal was. The way it is now, what is a Boston qualifying time? We won't know until after everyone signs up.