A few years ago I heard of a race called Last Chance for Boston. It takes place in Dublin, Ohio and used to be billed as a marathoner’s last chance to qualify for Boston. It seemed like a miserable endeavor to me – 26 laps around a 1 mile loop of an office park, just outside Columbus, Ohio, outside, in the dead of winter. Yikes.
As any marathoner knows, the landscape has changed. Registration closed in just hours last year. The B.A.A. made some adjustments for 2012 that should stretch the process out a week or two, but the likelihood is that registration will be closed within a week. If you are looking to run Boston 2012, you must have run a qualifying time by September 19th just to have a shot at registering.
If you are like me, barely qualifying by the skin of your teeth, you may be looking for a chance to improve upon your registration slot.
Whichever the case may be, there is a new marathon that is currently being put together that, pending approval, will give you one last shot at either qualifying or improving your registration position.
Details are still few and far between, but the current particulars are this:
Date: September 11th
Format: Time Trial – I’ve seen that in bike races, never at a marathon.
Size: The term “Exclusivity” is being used with the idea of a “very small field”
Towns Involved: Concord, Lincoln, Bedford and Lexington (MA)
Again, the race is still pending some approvals, but if that happens this marathon WILL be a certified Boston Qualifier.
So, who’s interested?
*I will update this post as more details come out, but in the meantime, ask around, see what you hear.