Races Selling out Earlier

It seems like there is a growing trend of bigger races selling quicker than they ever have before.

By now I’m sure everyone is familiar with the fact that Boston Marathon sold out in a mere eight years this year and the changes that were made to the registeration process as a result.

Boston is not alone. This year’s Chicago Marathon also soldout in record time with the 45,000 spots being taken in just 31 days.

Closer to home I have been amazed at how quickly the Ottawa Race Weekend races have been filling up. The races are still approximately three months away and the half-marathon is already 98% sold while the 10 km and the marathon are both 60% sold.

On the one hand it is good to see more people taking an interest in running but on the other hand it means that we will have to commit to races earlier than before in order to guarantee a spot.

I was planning on waiting until after the Ottawa Marathon in order to decide if I want to do a fall marathon again this year. If the trend continues I may end up having to make that decision earlier than planned.

What do you think, is this trend good for running?

On a completely unrelated note, I just wanted to thank Tim over at 26.2 Quest for the Ryders Eywear contest he ran on his blog.

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