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New B.A.A Rules February 16, 2011

Filed under: Boston,Marathons — Kelocity @ 10:31 am
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I’m sure all the crazy runners have already heard, but news exploded this morning when the B.A.A. announced it’s new qualifying standards and entry process into the 2012 and 2013 Boston Marathons.

For the 2012 Boston Marathon, the faster you run, the earlier you can register. Even if you qualify, you might not get in because the people who run faster than the qualifying get first dibs.

And for the 2013 race, they are making the qualifying times even tougher by requiring everyone to finish five minutes faster than in the past.

I personally don’t have a problem with this. It’s an elite race that caters to the world’s greatest runners. That’s the allure of it. As a spectator, you know it’s going to be exciting, fast and emotional. As a runner, you know you’re running the world’s oldest official marathon race and there is history on the pavement you’re pounding.

Let me be clear — I love fast runners. I admire them. I like to watch them run. I am amazed at how athletes bodies  push through the unimaginable.  I am glad that Boston has tight standards, and I’m jealous of the people who CAN and DO qualify. I’m genuinely happy for them. They deserve it.

My problem comes with the comments of people on blogs, newspaper and facebook posts about this. They are just mean and narrow minded. And they attack the charity runners….which makes me MAD.

Some of the Comments From the BAA Facebook Page:
“As far as charity runners go, make them qualify as well. Charities are great but Boston is different than every other marathon and everyone shouldn’t be able to run it.”

“Drop the non time qualifying runners and get back to it being about time –not who donated money to whoever!!!”

Ok… first of all, I understand Boston is different, which is the draw for a lot of people. I understand that people are mad. But the BAA Charity teams raise MILLIONS of dollars for excellent causes. I hope whoever wrote those comments never gets cancer and needs the help of the hospitals and clinics who benefit from this money. If they made charity runners qualify, they wouldn’t come CLOSE to raising the funds that they do.

Secondly, If you’re a fast runner and you qualified. Why do you care if I didn’t? I’m going to be three hours behind you anyways. I understand that you think I’m taking up a spot that a qualifier didn’t get, but those slots are allotted ahead of time. Boston has increased the field to ADD charity runners, not take away from the original qualifying spots.

If you want to run an elite race with NO charity or slower runners, run this race. There you go. In order to run, you have to qualify. The end.

The money that is raised through Boston’s charity program saves thousands of lives. I wish people would see the bigger picture.

I have another solution too… why not hold another marathon in Boston? Not THE Boston Marathon, but just another marathon, maybe one that has a different route? I’d totally run it. Running in Boston is exciting. For a lot of us slower runners, I’m sure we’d love to have another option to run a full marathon in that city.

So all you faster runners, stop picking on the charity runners. We trained hard AND raised money at the same time.

Runners are generally generous, understanding and social people. Why does this Boston debate bring out the worst in people year after year? Maybe I’m just taking this too personally. But I just feel that I (as a charity runner) shouldn’t be the scapegoat here.


For my Boston Marathon Recap, click here!


Boston Marathon Running Gear May 20, 2010

Filed under: Running Gear — Kelocity @ 10:50 pm
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I didn’t think I cared about having any more Boston Marathon gear. I mean, I got the jacket and that was pretty much all I really wanted. And on top of that, I LOVE the long sleeve technical shirt they gave us at the expo. AND I got a sweet Boston visor.

But when I was running last week, I realized that I REALLY wanted a “Boston Marathon” shirt I could run in. So people out on the running trail could be like “Oh wow, that girl ran the Boston Marathon!” So I ordered this awesome shirt from Adidas.


I actually ordered in two different sizes because technical shirts always run really small. But I LOVE this shirt!


It’s a little warm, I might not be able to wear it on really long runs when it gets hot, but it was really comfortable. It’s made for the new Adidas Mi (which I think is their answer to the Nike+). So it has a pocket for your MP3 player (and keys!)

And then the wire goes up through the shirt and comes out through a hole on the top! Brilliant!


It keeps your headphones in place and they don’t bounce around. It “locks” the wire in place. I love this.

And of course, it has my Boston Marathon logo on the front. YAY!


I also got this cotton t-shirt….because what the heck, I finished, right!


It’s cotton, so I can’t run in it, but it’s still really nice. It’s the perfect weekend shirt.
(PS… all the BAA gear has been marked down on their website!)


In other news, Irving and I went on a walk tonight and we saw three skunks… and a cute little baby skunk! And I also did a cartwheel in someone’s front lawn. It was very exciting.


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