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This morning at 10AM I did what as many as 10,000 other marathoners did or will do this week. Along with all of the other Boston Qualifiers that qualified with less than a 5 minute cushion, I submitted my registration application to the B.A.A. for the 2012 Boston Marathon. With a cushion of a mere 1-minute 40-seconds, I don’t particularly like my chances. There is much speculation online as to how many spots the B.A.A. will hand out for the 2012 marathon. I’ve read numbers ranging from 18,000, to 21,000 (not counting those running for charity). As of Saturday night, approximately 15,000 spots had been assigned to runners who had run 5, 10, and 20 minutes faster than their required qualifying times. Even with the most generous of estimations, that leaves less than 6,000 spots left for 10,000 hopefuls. My best guess is that the cut off for getting into Boston is going to be a BQ-2…leaving me 20 seconds short.
And so I wait and see.
As my friend Doug said earlier this morning – hopefully the running gods will smile upon me. We shall see.