Day: November 18, 2013

IN 250 WORDS OR LESS – QUALIFYING FOR THE BOSTON MARATHON

 BostonStrong    Qualifying standards for the Boston Marathon were stiffened last year by five minutes across the age and gender categories or the iconic Patriot’s Day race. Now, less than six months before the 2014 race a new type of qualifying has been adopted by the host Boston Athletic Association, writing.

The B.A.A. will issue a limited number of invitational entries for the 2014 Boston Marathon for those who were most impacted by the events of April 15, 2013.

Those who have a special connection to the events of April 15 and who would like to be considered for an invitational entry, may submit a request to the B.A.A. Submissions will be collected entirely online at www.baa.org and must be typed in 250 words or less. The B.A.A. will not accept photos, videos, or other non-written material. Requests will be reviewed by a selection committee appointed by the B.A.A. and decisions will be made in the sole discretion of the B.A.A.

Submissions will be accepted between Monday, November 18, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. ET and Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Notifications and decisions will be issued on December 4.

The 118th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 21, 2014. (more…)

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NEW PR VIDEO STARS FORMER MARATHON RECORD HOLDER PATRICK MAKAU

It is no surprise that the dominance of Kenyan runners over the last twenty years has cut both ways in the sport of distance running.  While records have fallen with increasing rapidity, the marketability of the sport — and its champions  — has also fallen well behind the standard set by the slower champions of the initial running boom.  Now, perhaps belatedly, the fastest runners on the planet have begun to  acknowledge that their role must extend beyond that of simple performer and include a dash of salesman, too, in the offering of the sport to the public. (more…)