2019 Boston Marathon Registration Opens

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?

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