Yesterday was such a big day for so many Boston Marathon registration hopefuls. All serious runners know that reaching a BQ (Boston qualifying standard) only gives you the opportunity to register for the race. It does not guarantee you a spot for several reasons, but most of all because many spots are held back for charity runners, the corporate sponsors and local organizations that support the race in so many ways. Unfortunately, that means many runners have a very sad day when they get their rejection email from the Boston Athletic Association.
Several of our running friends and in fact several of the runners in my Without Limits coached group did not gain an entry. A first time qualifier, one of our coaches missed by seconds. As devastating as these disappointments can be, there is alot to be said to have reached a BQ time as a marathon runner. I have no idea what the statistics are as to how many marathon runners never achieve a BQ time, but it is probably pretty high. Having good running genes, a great training plan, a support crew and of course the perfect race day conditions usually are necessary to reach such a goal. One girl in a Boston Marathon Facebook group that I belong to finally got her spot after qualifying 4 times previously and not making the cutoff. Tears of joy would certainly be appropriate for this hardworking, dedicated runner who never gave up. There are many more stories to share, but the sad ones are those of runners who thought they would have a spot based on the prior year cutoff times.
Moving on, I hope the "squeakers" missing out this year have a great marathon to give them an entry into the 2017 race. The B.A.A. has not changed the standards for qualifying times for 2017, so hopefully with an additional push, many of those who did not get a spot this year will gain entry in the future.
If you want to read more about "squeakers, here is more info.
* A great post about being "squeaked out" by Jesica at Runladylike
* From the B.A.A. website, here are all the statistics for the 2016 race.
* Great perspective from a blogging runner, Suzlife who gained entry
Congrats to everyone who earned that coveted spot and for those that did not, good luck as you attempt to qualify again.