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Race Qualification Methods

822 Views 16 Replies 11 Participants Last post by  Alaska Mike
<p>The 2011 Boston Marathon sold out in about 8 hours this year.  Last year, it was right around Thanksgiving.  The year before, it was some time in February.  Prior to that, you could sign up a few weeks before the race in April.  So unless something changes it is highly likely that it will sell out in less than an hour next year.</p>
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<p>I started at 9 am ET (which was 5 am Alaska time) and couldn't get signed up for an hour and 15 min this year.  There has been some speculation about the various methods that BAA might use to limit the field size and make it less of a internet-rush to sign up.  Various methods they could utilize include:</p>
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<p>- making the entry qualification standards tougher (i.e. lowering the time requirements for various age groups).</p>
<p>- instituting a lottery system similar to the one used for New York City marathon.</p>
<p>- making certain races qualifiers and having a certain number of slots per race (similar to IM Hawaii)</p>
<p>- increasing the cost</p>
<p>- allowing current year racers to sign up for next year's race before everyone else</p>
<p>- leave it as it is</p>
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<p>What do folks here think?  Any systems you would prefer they implement?</p>
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<p>I'm with Scoobs.  The womens and mens standard have been out of line for awhile, should have been fixed years ago (kind of like when elite women were going low 2:20s while mens record sits at 2:05.......I'm tossing out Paula's insane sub2:20 ability).  the 30 minute difference between men vs women was to get more women in the race.   This is no longer a problem.  Lower women's time 10 Yo Sake suggested.  </p>
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<p>  I don't like the idea of letting this years people in next years (unless they raced after the Sept date), it'll just make next year worse.  tighten womens standard NOW...grandfather the times until end of year.   I don't like the lottery idea........however, if you can say that you've actually qualified for NYC marathon, it has major bragging rights....however..........most people don't know that it's much harder to qualify for NY than Boston.  </p>
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