I’ve been watching the BAA registration and Facebook page for updates on registration for the 2012 race. Honestly, I’d love to be in the running to be there on Patriot’s Day 2012 to “race” not “run” the Boston Marathon. The way things are looking, it’s not going to happen. With the new registration process, I don’t stand a chance.
I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t care. To be perfectly honest, I am truly disappointed. Last year, after pushing myself harder where I ever thought I could, I BQ’d with the knowledge that I’d have a shot at not one but two Boston Marathons. It’s the magic of timing your race within 18 months of two Patriot’s Days. I never dreamed that the rules would change.
I know what you’re thinking and, yes I did run in this year’s race. Call me greedy, but I want to run again…on the same BQ used to run this year.
I’m okay with the BAA changing the qualification standards for 2013 and onward. I understand their need to make some changes. It’s the tiered registration process that I have an issue with. No, more accurately, it’s the sifting through the registrants who have jumped through all the hoops set out before us (the BQ, waiting our turn to register based on the amount of cushion in our BQ) to find the cream of the crop. It’s a race; it’s not the Olympics.
Well, what do you think? You can be honest. Tell me if you think I’m FOS. Just give me the rationale for your thoughts too.