September 24, 2012

Boston Marathon qualifying question (help!)

I need your e-help. Today I decided to go onto Boston Marathon's site and read up on qualifying times and dates to see if, for some crazy reason, all spots aren't full for the 2013 race after Nov. 3rd (our goal race date) if we could still sign up.

Then I read this little bolded statement and had a sudden realization that I may have been calculating incorrectly this whole time.


My birthday is before the race date, and I'll be 35. Does that mean that from this point on I can use the 35-39 qualifying times? Because it's not how old you are when you run your qualifying race that counts but how old you are when you run Boston. Right?

This entire time I thought that the age on your qualifying race date was what counted. Sometimes it pays to read instructions and not just assume. It's one of those weird life lessons that a five year old could teach you or that you could learn even if you had been locked in a closet for ten years.

But I have to make sure that I'm reading that correctly before I totally freak out.

How do you interpret that statement?

Did you already know this?!!! I feel like the whole interweb has been holding back this information as an evil trick.

Did you on purpose withhold this information as an evil trick?

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25 comments:

  1. Sounds to me like your age on the date of Boston. These things can be so confusing:0

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  2. From what I understand looks like it is the age you are on Boston race day, Not the qualifying race. Doeeees that mean you are bumped to 3:40?! because I am the most jealous EVER!

    Awesome awesome. You SO got this!!! :D

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    1. Yes! I've never been so happy over five minutes.

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  3. I agree with the others. I hope you made it! :o)

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  4. I knew this. But only because I have friends that BQ'd under this rule!

    Good luck to ya - at any age bracket!!!

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  5. That is how I've always understood! How sweet those five minutes can be!

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  6. I think you got an extra 5 minutes! well, provided you can squeeze in a 3:40:00 or better before it fills up.

    I don't turn 35 until next June, so, no free 5 minutes for me. Looks like it pays to be born in the first quarter of the year! (or the last quarter depending on how you look at it).

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    1. But the qualifying window for 2014 opened Sept. 22nd (of this year), so anything you run 3:40 or faster now will qualify you for 2014!!

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  7. I'd take it that it's your age on race day. Hehehe.....how excited are you today, on a scale of 1 - 10??

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    1. Yes it is! I turn 35 the week before. I doubt they'll have space for 2013 by the time I hopefully qualify, but it still counts for 2014! Woohoo!

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    2. All of a sudden, getting old feels like a good thing!! (And you'll always be younger than me!)

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  8. Age on Boston race day for sure! I hope to see you in April :)

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  9. Yes, it is your age on the day of the Boston Marathon. Theoretically, you could run a qualifying time at age 33 for the 35-39 AG. I really wish that they would add back those extra 59 seconds. Everybody runs a little longer than 26.2 because of the turns and weaving in traffic. An extra 200 meters would be 1 minute extra for a 3:30 runner (8:00 pace). P.S- Excellent race in Nashville. Can't wait for the full report.

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    1. That was the other thing I didn't realize earlier, that they had taken away the extra .59.

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  10. Yep, you're good to go! Very excited for you--get on the site and sign up!!!

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  11. Don't you love when you make discoveries like this!? Well, I guess it is pretty frustrating at the same time. You got it, girl! I'll see you there! YIPEEEEE!

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    1. Yes, I definitely love this discovery! I haven't run 3:40 yet, so I'm not bitter about not knowing sooner. Though I might have pushed harder last year had a known. It just wasn't even on my radar to figure it out because it was my first marathon season, and I was so happy to just be finishing any marathon!:)

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  12. ohhhhh wow. You totally have this in the bag. Shoot dang, why do I have to be 10 years younger??

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    1. I know! But I'm still running with you for 3:35!

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  13. Yep, you're reading that correctly. 5 mins to a runner is a major, major thing.

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  14. You'll beat that time! Run with me in 2013!!

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    1. I'm hacking into their system now so that not all the spots are filled by the first week of November. OK, not really, but dang, I hope it doesn't fill up quickly!

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  15. I did not know but I read it that the age you are on the day of the Boston race is the category you throw yourself in. I will never BQ so I don't pay much attention to the in's and out's so you can't blame me for withholding info! :-)

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