Will the B.A.A. Tighten the Qualifying Standards for the Boston Marathon?

Yesterday was registration day for the 2011 Boston Marathon. The marathon was expected to sellout quickly but it sold out in a mere 9 hours! As expected this is leading to further questions about whether the qualifying standards should be tightened. Read more about it here A whole lot of soles and Running to Boston.

The Executive Director of the B.A.A. has already stated that they will look at all options and that qualifying standards for future Boston Marathons are under review.

In addition to tightening the qualifying standards the B.A.A. has a number of options to consider including the option of lottery a lottery like New York, removing the 18 month window for fall qualifiers, increasing the size of the field, reducing the number of charity bibs or placing a limit on registering for consecutive Boston Marathons.

Of these my guess is that it would be most likely that the qualifying standards will be tightened. I may not like it because it will make it tougher for me to qualify but it would be a sure way to limit the field.

As I stated in an earlier post, my current goal is to try and run a Boston qualifying time next year in order to qualify for the 2012 Boston Marathon. I will be keeping an eye on the situation and adjusting my training plan accordingly.

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