This is the number of runners who chose to defer from running the 2012 Boston Marathon and are now eligible for the 2013 race.
Kevin sent me this article yesterday: Boston Marathon grants 2,160 deferments for runners who sat out 2012 race due to heat
Here is the controversial snippet:
Boston Athletic Association spokesman Marc Davis says those runners will have a chance to register in August, before the rest of the field sign up. The B.A.A. doesn’t know how many will take it up on the offer.
I am not sure how I feel about this info. That is a much larger amount of runners who deferred then we were all originally led to believe (around 400 was the first number heard). Maybe a few more questions need to be answered first:
- Due to the heat in Boston this year how many people did not run a qualifying time for 2013 and will this mean less people will be eligible to register?
- With this being the first year for lower qualifying times (5mins 59sec less across all age groups) will the 2,160 number be negligible?
- What % of the 2,160 will even come back.
- Last year you needed about a 1m 30s buffer to get in, how much buffer will we need this year and how much will the deferment runners push the buffer?
- Is it cool for me to call the 2,160 "Deferment Runners"? Because I kinda like it - let's pass this one along (-:
- What if 2013 is unseasonably hot again? Will these people be allowed to defer again?
- If I get bumped and it is close enough that one of the 2,160 took my spot (I BQ'd by 3m 35s) will I even care?
What are your thoughts on how the B.A.A. handled the situation?
Thanks for Reading,