Do you hear that… the quiet sound of no one freaking out about the Boston Marathon Registration?
And guess what? It’s been going on (the registration process) for the past week. I haven’t heard a single peep about it. It’s kinda nice, ain’t it?
Two years ago, the Boston Marathon registration process made headlines because it sold out in a matter of hours (much less, weeks or months like it had been all the previous years). Runners (including myself!) were stressing about the website, and not being able to get their wavers through due to the crashing website. As more people train for marathons (and get faster, while at it!), more runners are BQ’ing, which lead to how quick Boston was filling.
It’s interesting what a little change to the qualifying standards and process can do.
The new qualifying standards/registration are as such:
- BQ times are 5:59 faster for each age group than years prior (e.g. women 18-34 need to run a 3:35:00 or faster to qualify)
- BAA has tailored the registration such that the race fills from faster qualifiers down to the slowest (fast people will get in, just-on-the-cutoff-runners might not)
- Rolling Registration:
- Sept 10: Runners who BQ’d 20+ mins faster than the cut off are allowed to register first
- Sept 12: Runners who BQ’d 10+ mins faster than the cut off can register a few days later
- Sept 14: Runners who BQ’d 5+ mins faster can register third
- Sept 17-21: All qualifiers can start to register, starting 10AM EST
- Sept 24: If there’s space still available, registration will reopen until the race has been filled
Back in August I quietly checked the BAA.org website to figure out when I can register. Because I ran a 3:31:37 at CIM last December, I need to wait until Monday (Sept 17th) to register. I’m not so much worried that I won’t get in, but I’ll certainly still be prepared by my computer at 7:59AM (MST) on Monday, armed with my credit card, ready to shell out the $150 registration fee.
As much as this rolling process minimizes the registration day chaos, I still think it takes away the magic of the moment when you cross that finish line and know you’ve BQ’d. Because in the back of your mind, you worry, “does this still mean I’ll get in?” “what if the cap is met and registration closes before my time allows me to register?”
But I do think that with these required faster qualifying times, fewer people will be able to BQ. Which might means everyone who does BQ, will most likely get in. That’s my hope, at least.
So come Monday morning, we’ll all find out if that’s true or not. We’ll see how long registration stays open… I’ve got my fingers crossed that my friend (3:34:XX) and I (3:31:XX) both get in together.
Has anyone here registered for Boston 2013 yet (speedster!)?
Who else is waiting to register on Monday morning?