It’s been six weeks since the bombings at the Boston Marathon, time enough for the first rush of emotions to have run their course, and for cooler more reasoned calculations to resume. Just yesterday, Marc Fucarile, 34, a roofer from Stoneham, Massachusetts, was released from Mass General, the last victim to be released from hospital into whatever semblance of normal now awaits him after the loss of his right leg.
And so as we settle into this brave new post-Boston 2013 world, the question arises like the morning sun, what is the new normal? In that light I was intrigued to read the Boulder Daily Camera article following Memorial Day’s Bolder Boulder 10K. In its story the Daily Camera quoted race director Cliff Bosley saying he thought the tragedy at Boston contributed to fewer people participating in Boulder this year, as entrants were down 5.7% from 51,681 in 2012 to 48,741 on Monday.
“I think some people made the decision not to come,” Bosley told the Daily Camera. “Just, ‘Let’s take a year off and see how it plays out’.”
Immediately, I wondered A) was it true that Boston was the cause for the drop off? B) if so, is Boulder an anomaly? C) Did Bosley overlook other potential factors? Or, D) is there evidence of similar declines in race registration or finishers which might be attributed to The Boston Effect? I made some calls to the other major races that followed Boston on the calendar. Here is some of what I learned. (more…)