In 2 days registration for the Boston Marathon 2012 will open, yet I am unsure if I can even get in if I want to run. My Boston Qualifying time of 3:23 is over 16 minutes faster than my qualifying time of 3:40 which allows me to apply in the 2nd wave of registration for those who have beaten their qualifying time by 10 minutes or more.
Tomorrow I have two good friends attempting their first BQ at a marathon that they specifically chose because it was the day before registration. One thing they were sure of is that their BQ, no matter how fast, had to be run before September 12th, 2011 or they were not getting into the 2012 race. I pray tomorrow that they run fast enough that they will not only achieve BQ’s but will be at the starting line of Boston in 2012.
The new registration procedures mean that a Boston Qualifying time NO longer ensures that you will get to run the Boston Marathon. While I find that fact very sad, for those [including myself] who have worked very hard to qualify I understand the rules and am fine with them.
Yes I just said I am FINE with the fact that if I run a BQ I might not get in to the race. You may say that I feel this way because I have run Boston and therefore do not appreciate it as much as someone who has never run it before. NOT TRUE.
Boston is Boston. It is the top for most runners, something people work for, for their whole lives. I appreciate every time I qualify for the race and will appreciate every time I have the privilege of running such a prestigious race.
The reason I am okay with it is because a BQ whether or not I get to run is still a privilege. Let’s look at it compared to the Olympics Trials. Boston is basically the Olympics, in my opinion, for the average man. It is a sporting event that you compete with the fastest men and women in the world. Can a basketball player say that? When you play an intramural soccer game do you compete against the guys in the World Cup? Running with THE BEST of the best is one of the BAZILLION reasons why I think the sport of running ROCKS.
When an elite runner qualifies for the Olympic Trials, it goes on their *running resume*. Olympic Trials Qualifying will always be part of who they are. They may or may not be able to run the Trials but no one can take that OTQ away from them. If they do run it, there is no guarantee that their time will be fast enough to run at the Olympics. Still does not take away their Olympic Trials Qualifying race, or the fact that they ran the Olympic Trials.
Undoubtedly everyone who applies to get in to Boston this year is going to feel one or more of these emotions — happy, overjoyed, relieved, hurt, depressed, or sad. Some of us will get in to Boston and some of us won’t.
For those of us who don’t – STAND TALL and RUN PROUD. NO one can take your BQ away from you. You will always be great in my eyes.