The Boston Marathon. The most coveted marathon in the world and for many it's a lofty goal. By the grace of God I qualified for the race on my first attempt at a marathon. I've only run 3 races of 26.2 miles, but there is truly no other race that can compare. The history that comes with the Boston Marathon along with the patrons that line the path from Hopkinton and the other 12 cities that you run through en route to Boston is absolutely incredible! The volunteers, fans, runners, race officials, and Bostonians that come together on the third Monday of every April is every bit of the word: AMAZING.
With that being said, I registered for my second Boston today. Registration rules are strict and this year the BAA(Boston Athletic Association) changed all the rules since the race filled in a record 8 hours last year. At that time, it was a first come first serve basis as long as you met the qualifying standards. This years ruling is allowing those who ran fastest register first. I totally agree with that but you will always have people who complain! Monday's registration was for those who ran 20 minutes or faster than their qualifying time. Today, those that ran 10 minutes or faster were allowed to register. I fell into this category. My previous marathon time was 3:27:55 and my age group standard is 3:40:59. 5 minutes or faster get to register Friday and then if any spots are left(which I think there will be), then those persons will register on Monday. I believe that there are an estimated 25,000 spots available.
Matt is looking forward to coming with me this year. He's never been to Boston so it should be a lot of run hanging out and seeing the sites. I'm looking forward to being a part of such a great
race that's full of history and honor.
P.S. I have no idea why the format of this post went crazy on me.