What? Qualify for two Boston’s at the same race? Yes, please….

The Boston Athletic Association has announced registration periods and dates for the 2015 race which will be held on April 20th next year.  They have also now announced when the qualifying period for the 2016 Boston race will start.  Drumroll please…….

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The Big Cottonwood Marathon in Utah, as promised, becomes a race you can run on September 13th, and qualify for two Boston Marathons.  That’s right, two!  September 13th is the opening day for qualifications for the 2016 race.  It’s also registration week for the 2015 event.

Two for the price of one, as they say.

Buy One Get One.  BOGO!

I am extremely excited to hear this news.  Not that a Boston Qualifying time is a sure thing, because for me, it certainly isn’t.  My best marathon finish thus far is seven minutes off my BQ standard, so I have work to do.  I have a training plan in place this Summer, which will hopefully put me in good standing for a wholehearted attempt.  I plugged my marathon best into a calculator which predicts finish time at the Big Cottonwood, and it puts me well under my standard.  So, if I have a great race, I can register for Boston.  You see, the Big Cottonwood marathon is not a flat race, it’s mostly downhill, and has a great record for qualifying runners for Boston.  This is the original reason I signed up for this race a few months ago.

Why don’t you join me in Utah this September?  It’s a fast, and beautiful course, with an amazing atmosphere from what I’ve read.  Great race medals, and swag, and for heavens sake, a shot at two Boston’s?  Who wouldn’t want to run this race?

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Go Big at the Big Cottonwood marathon with me this September 13th.

Boston Announcement

The announcement has been made.  The formal announcement for registration for the 2015 Boston Marathon.

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Registration will begin on September 8, 2014 for those runners beating their age group time standard by 20 minutes or more.  Following that, on 9/10, those more than 10 minutes better than qualifying time.  Then on 9/12, those qualifying by more than five minutes better than standard are able to register.

What does this mean to me?  My Boston Qualifying goal race is 9/13.  During registration week.  My qualifying time standard is 3:25:00.  That means that if I run a 3:20:00 at Big Cottonwood, I could register for Boston right after I finish the race.  If I meet my standard, but not by 5 minutes or more, I could register on 9/15 if space remains.

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The B.A.A. has not yet announced the size of the marathon field for 2015, or the percentage of that field which will be designated for time qualifiers, so a lot remains up in the air.  It would be amazing to qualify in Utah on 9/13, but only time will tell.  I will make sure that I have my IPad and credit card to register provided the marathon goes as planned, but I will also have a box of tissues just in case I’m crying at the end out of disappointment.

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First things first though.  I have a Summer chock full of training ahead of me, and to get to Boston will take one training run at a time.

Anyone out there shooting for a Boston Qualifying time this Summer?  Where and when is your race?  Are you ready to take on the challenge?