Yesterday the B.A.A. announced the long awaited changes to the registration policy for the Boston Marathon. You can read about them here.
In summary, the changes for next year involve the implementation of a rolling schedule allowing those who qualified fastest to register first. On September 12 runners who beat their qualifying time by 20 minutes or more will be able to register first. On September 14 runners who beat their qualifying time by 10 minutes or more will be able to register. On September 16 runners who beat their qualifying time by 5 minutes or more will be able to register. Finally, registration will open for all qualified runners on September 19.
In addition to the rolling schedule for registration, in 2013 the qualifying times will be dropped by across the board by 5 minutes.
I have mentioned before that my goal was to run a Boston qualifying time this year. I ran a 3:22 in October and I think with more training this year 3:15 is a realistic goal. However, with the new changes it will be even tougher as I will have to push harder and try aim to go faster than 3:15 in order to increase my odds of being accepted.
I read a couple comments yesterday comparing the rolling registration schedule to university applicatons where the best students get accepted first. I think that is a fair comparison. The B.A.A. was faced with a tough choice, they were never going to be able to please everyone. I think they have come up with a reasonable compromise to the situation they were faced with.
As for myself, qualifying for Boston just got tougher but my goal is still to get myself to Boston. I am not sure if qualifying is still a realistic goal for this year but I am certainly going to train for it and give it a shot.
What do you think of the changes?