After all the buzz on Boston’s new qualifying system, and after everyone who qualified had a chance to apply, the dust has settled and the field for the 2012 race is set. What’s it look like? Much like recent years, according to organizers.
Care to crunch some numbers? A breakdown of who got in and who didn’t:
- 1,851 runners with 30 minutes or better on their qualifying times, including 26 men in the 70-74 age group (love this)
- In just about all age groups, people with 10 to 20 minutes on their qualifying times make up the majority of the field
- The largest number of entrants in any age group fell into the 18- to 34-yr. old age group with 10 minutes to spare, in both genders
- Men accounted for 58 percent of the field, much as they have over the past few years
- Total number of qualifiers is around 20,000, with the other 7,000 going to charity and invited runners
- Interestingly, many of those with 20-plus minutes over their qualifying times still waited until the second week to register. Organizers attribute that to runners waiting to see if friends/family members with less cushion made it through.
Overall, the organizers say the saw little deviation from the group of qualifiers over recent years, which they say affirms the system they put into place. They also noted a big drop in complaints over last year (I would think!), again pointing to a fair new system.
Speaking from a personal viewpoint, I can say I don’t know of anyone who qualified, by any amount of time under the qualifying standards, who didn’t make it in. But I’m sure those folks are out there and I’m sure they are not loving the new system. Overall though, I take it as an improvement.
What do you think now that you’ve seen the numbers?