Today at 10:00am the Boston Athletic Association will open registration for the 2014 Boston Marathon to qualified runners. Beginning with the 2012 Boston Marathon the BAA implemented a policy of holding registration in waves, allowing those who are fastest to register first. The waves look like this:
- Today, those who exceeded the qualifying standard by 20 minutes or more are the first invited to register.
- If space remains by Wednesday, Sept 11 at 10:00 am, runners who have exceeded the qualifying standard by 10 minutes or more are invited to register.
- If the race has not filled up, on Friday, Sept 13 at 10:00am registration will open to anyone who beat their qualifying standard by 5 minutes or more.
- Registration closes Saturday, Sept 14 at 10:00am. If space remains, registration will open to all runners who have met their qualifying standard on Monday, September 16 and remain open until the race reaches capacity.
All runners must have met their qualifying time on or after September 22, 2012.
This “rolling” registration policy was implemented after registration for the 2011 Boston Marathon sold out in 8 hours, 3 minutes on October 18, 2010. As a result of the quick close, many of the fastest qualifiers were not able to register for the 2011 marathon. The “rolling" registration was implemented in 2011, for the 2012 Boston Marathon. In addition to changing the registration policy, the qualifying standards were also tightened. This change was implmented for the first time during the 2013 marathon registration, which took place in September 2012.
While it was announced on August 29 that the race would expand to 36,000 runners, increased interest in this year’s marathon has led to speculation about how quickly the race will sell out. Some say the race will close as early as Wednesday, September 11. Others believe the increased field size will help keep registration open on Monday, Sept 16.
Applications for many charity teams were allowed to launch today as well. While the charity teams may see in increase in non-qualified runners applying to fundraise and run the marathon for their cause, they may also see applications from qualified runners who could get closed out of registration.
Meeting the qualifying standards for the Boston Marathon is a goal many marathoners strive to achieve. For many, it is an incredibly proud moment to know they accomplished a major running goal. Yet, meeting the qualifying standard no longer guarantees entry to the race. I have a friend who ran exactly her qualifying time (0 second margin) and a friend who ran 4:58 seconds better than his qualifying time. They, like many others, will be waiting anxiously this week and hoping registration remains opens next Monday.
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