Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon-I’m In

February 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Whoa-hoo!!!  I received confirmation that my lottery entry into the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon was accepted.  Guess I know where I’ll be on June 18, 2011.  I am relieved because I can now lay out my training schedule for the first half of the year.

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Boston Marathon announces tougher qualifying times, new registration procedures.

February 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

The big news in the running world the last couple days has been the Boston Athletic Association’s (BAA) announcement that they are toughening the qualifying times for the 2013 race.   All qualifying times will be reduced by 5 minutes.

What I actually found more interesting, however, is the rolling registration they are implementing for next year’s race.  Faster runners can register before “slower” runners.  Runners who beat their qualifying time by 20 minutes can register September 12, those that beat their qualifying time by 10 minutes can register September 14, those that beat their qualifying time by 5 minutes can register September 16,  and on September 19, registration opens to everyone else who has qualified.

I’m not sure how many runners fall into each category but it should be interesting–last year the race filled up in just over 8 hours.

I’m struggling to determine what by target race for the spring is going to be–I’m debating between the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon on June 18th and the Minneapolis Half Marathon on June 5th, with the Sour Grapes Half Marathon on June 11th as my fall-back race.  I would prefer to run Bjorklund–two extra weeks to train and it is a bit of a home-coming race for me although more of a logistical hassle.

But Bjorklund requires a lottery, which ends on February 28th, means I can not count on getting into it.  I’m already bummed about not getting into the Green Bay Half Marathon–wanted to run through Lambeau Field with a Packer jersey on to celebrate the Packer’s Super Bowl victory–which closed after a week and have some desire just to book a race I know I will get into.  I’ll probably apply for Bjorklund and run Minneapolis if I don’t get in.

I would hate, though, to be someone who worked their butt off to qualify for Boston and then not be able to run it because it fills up to fast.  Maybe first-timers should be able to register a day (September 18) before it opens to everyone who beat the qualifying standard by less than 5 minutes.  The technical side of managing/policing that may be too difficult to implement.

Good luck to everyone trying to get into their target race!

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