Posted by: Joe English | February 23, 2011

Races — Boston Marathon Announces New Registration and Qualifying Times

running-advice-bugThe winds of change are blowing at the Boston Marathon. After registration filled in record time this past year, there was much discussion about how the process might change for upcoming races. Speculation about lowering qualifying times and changing the process itself all turned out to be true.

For the 2012 race, the registration process will be revamped, to include a rolling entry system that allows runners who bested their qualifying times by 20 minutes or more to register first, then then 10 minutes faster and so on until the race is full.

Then in 2013, qualifying times are slated to drop by five minutes. In actuality, they drop by six minutes, because Boston will no longer accept times falling in that 59 second window after a qualifying time. The drop in times is very important for runners in 2012, because they new qualifying times take effect starting with races September 24th, 2012 or later, which will include most of the large marathons this year, such as New York and Chicago.

We discussed this topic on a recent video.

The text of the entire press announcement is below. For more information visit

We’d love to hear what you think about these changes. Are they fair or unfair? Overdo or an over-reaction? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

To continue to the press release, click here.


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