|Mutai crossing the line with Mosop not far behind.|
But now the Boston Athletic Association, raising the bar even farther, has lowered qualifying times by 5:59. So for 2012, I would have to run a 3:20:59 to qualify (there was a built in 59 second grace period). But for 2013, I would have to run 3:15:00 (no grace period). To make matters worse, there will be a rolling registration period, so runners who have faster than the BQ time can register first; the slowest runners in the group might not have an opportunity to register until 2 weeks later.
I understand the organizers' dilemma, trying to maintain a great race and being as fair as possible with the entry process. Says the race director, "We want people to get better, from a competitive perspective." So, Mr. Race Director, you leave me no choice: get faster I will! And if I don't get that 3:15:00 in the next couple of years, I'll see if I can crank out a 3:25 with my 45-50 year-old body! (or a 3:30 at 50-54, or a 3:40 at 55-59, etc.)