Today is Monday, September 10, 2018, the day after my Erie Marathon and the day of the 2019 Boston Marathon registration opens. But I can not register. Why not?
It is not because I didn’t qualify. 3 hours and 40 minutes is what I need to qualify, and my Erie Marathon time is 3 hours 35 minutes and 9 seconds. The reason given by the BAA (Boston Athletic Association) website is as follows:
- The B.A.A. uses a “rolling admission” schedule, allowing for the fastest athletes to register first.
- Keep in mind, a qualifying time does not guarantee your entry into the Boston Marathon, just the opportunity to submit for registration.
- Due to field size limitations, we may not be able to accept all qualified entrants.
In other words, I have to wait until next week (week 2) after those faster runners who have beat their qualifying time by 5 minutes or faster applied and if there are any rooms left for my “opportunity” to register.
I run my first Boston Marathon in 2008 before the “rolling admission” was implemented in 2012. For ten years now, I have been trying to get back to this mecca for marathon runners. Finally, I feel I have enough margin to make the cutoff, but I must wait. Only time will tell.
What goals are you working on? And for how long?