Registration for the 2014 Boston Marathon
Below you can see our thoughts regarding the changes
Boston made in 2012 following the registration problems in
2010. In the years that have followed Boston has
refined their process, however in 2011 through 2012 they
opened registration in September and, as expected, quickly
The date for opening registration for the 2014 Boston
Marathon has not yet been set. It is our hope that
they will delay the opening of registration until after the
fall marathon season. We hope this not just for
Baystate, but for all the great fall marathons throughout
New England and so that the many runners here in New England
can qualify this fall for the 118th running of Boston.
Because of the tragedy at this year's Boston, we expect
this to be the most competitive Boston ever. Per the
policies of the Boston Marathon, we expect the fastest
runners within each qualifying age group to be selected to
fill the field. This means you will probably need
better than your BQ time to make it. How much better
is anyone's guess. Regardless your best chance to run
a fast qualifying time remains the Baystate Marathon.
We will do everything we can to help you get that fast
Our thoughts about registration for the
the 2012 Boston Marathon
Like many of you we are disappointed that the management
of the Boston Marathon choose to exclude the 2011 fall
marathons from qualification for the 2012 Boston Marathon.
The tightening of the qualification standards and the use
of a rolling entry system will no doubt please some and
anger others. It is hard to see that it will do much
to change the dynamics of registration, other than to skew
the front of the field to the faster side.
Historically tightening the Boston qualification standards
has not decreased the size of the field - rather it has only
served to increase the desirability to qualify. We
have little doubt that it will once again "sell out" and
Given that, we are extremely puzzled, and as we said
disappointed, that the Boston management team decided
to make the registration date open on September 12th.
This date needlessly excludes nearly all of the fall
marathons. The date could just as easily have been
December 1st or even January 1st. Regardless of the
date the event will sell out in the allotted 8 or 9 days.
By excluding the fall marathons they have spoiled the
traditional marathon training cycle (at least here in North
America). Most of our runners and I'm sure many of
you, train for the fall marathons in hopes of qualifying for
the following year's Boston Marathon. After running a
fall BQ it's time for a little R&R and then starting in
January we get ready for Boston.
Also because the Fall Marathons are excluded most of the
runners will be using qualifications 12 or more months out
of date. We're not sure what affect that will have,
but it can't be good.
So... what about Baystate - it is still your best
opportunity to qualify for Boston, all be it - for 2013.
We still have the fastest course in Massachusetts and one of
the top five fastest in North America. We still expect
about a third of our runners will post up BQs on race day.
We are still one of only
four club run marathons in New
England. We deliver a great running experience because
we are runners - and we've gone though all that you do to
run a marathon. In fact, many of our main contributors
have run Baystate to qualify for Boston - so we know what it
takes and we'll help get you there.
What will 2013 hold? What we hope is that the
management of the Boston Marathon corrects their "mistake"
and moves the 2013 registration date back to include the
In the meantime - come run Baystate and get your 2013 BQ
A 2012 Postscript:
You might already know - but for the 2013 Boston Marathon
the registration period will again be before the fall
marathon season. We are again disappointed - but we
are very hopeful that things will change for 2014. The
Boston race committee obviously has a difficult job - and
2011 was a very difficult year for them leading to many
changes. We know they want to let things calm down
before they going making additional changes - so 2013 will
be essentially the same as 2012. Once the affect of
the tighter BQ standards is fully understood there is a good
chance the registration period will be moved to include the
fall marathons again. We can only hope.
In the meantime - come run Baystate and get your 2014 BQ
ticket punched! In 2011 25% of our runners ran a 2013 BQ - be one of the ones to do it this year.