I won't know if I am officially running until October 1st after they take the fastest 18000 runners and verify our entries. Like I mentioned before, I am not as stressed about getting in this year. If I don't make it, I will be sad. But I won't care as much because there will be other Boston Marathons. I did wait a day to register, mainly because I was so busy, but I didn't want to forget to register so put my registration through last night.
And now the wait begins. Based on my registration number, 13720, it seems not as many people are registering this year. In comparison with last year, I registered first thing on the Monday during the second week of registration and I was number 19074. It appears that the registration numbers are much lower than for 2012.
There could be many reasons for the lower numbers. The lower numbers could be because of the tighter qualifying standards. It may be because many people didn't re-qualify at Boston because of the heat. Whatever the case, Boston registration may still be open after the initial two week registration window closes on Friday.
In my opinion, this is great news for marathon runners. Runners who qualify for Boston this coming weekend and maybe even a few weeks later still may get to register for Boston 2013. This also means that fall races may once again be used to qualify for Boston of the current year. As a person who waited 16 months to run Boston after my qualifying race, I am all for qualifying in the fall and running Boston six months later.
I know one of our local races, the Baystate Marathon, prides itself on its high numbers of Boston Qualifiers. Last year their registrations suffered because of the early Boston registration sellout. Normally Baystate sells out in August, but last year you could register the weekend of the race. Hopefully this change could help this awesome marathon to bump its numbers up again in the future.
I must say I was very upset with the BAA when they changed the qualifying standards last year. Now, I see it was a smart decision. The race is just a bit harder to get into, but now registration is no longer a race like it was two years ago. Great job BAA on pushing us marathoners to push ourselves that much harder. It makes getting into your race that much more of a victory.
Did you register for Boston this year? When do you think Boston will sell out?