Fast, but not fast enough?
As you may know, acceptance for 2012 Boston Marathon qualifiers was based on performance rather than on a first come, first served basis like before. In other words, a runner could have met the qualifying standard in his or her age group, but may have been denied acceptance into the race because others in their group had faster qualifying times. As the numbers indicate, about 14% of qualifying applicants were denied entrance based on the new system.
This year, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) analyzed qualifying times of registrants to determine a magic number that would ensure a race field that is manageable. According to the B.A.A., “those who had a verified qualifying performance of one minute, 14 seconds or faster than the eligible standard for their age group have been accepted into the race.”
Here are some statistics from the 2012 qualifying process:
- 23,521 applications were received during the two weeks of registration.
- 20,081 applicants have been accepted or are in the process of being accepted, pending verification of qualifying performance
- 3,228 applicants (about 14%) were unable to be accepted due to the large number of eligible qualifiers who submitted an application for entry combined with field size limitations (i.e., they were fast enough to qualify, but not fast enough to be accepted).
An additional 277 qualifiers who had run 10 or more consecutive Boston Marathons were also accepted.