It is the intention of www.sandiegorunner.com to primarily serve the San Diego, CA running community. That has been the goal from the very beginning. However, this announcement potentially affects a large number of San Diego runners all over the county. It has just been announced on www.baa.org, the official website of the Boston Marathon, that the 115th running of the Boston Marathon has sold out in a record time of eight hours and three minutes!
As published on www.baa.org:
Registration for the 2011 Boston Marathon Has Closed
BOSTON, Mass. – Registration for the 115th Boston Marathon began at 9:00 a.m. (EST) today, and closed at 5:03 p.m. (EST) The Boston Marathon — the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual marathon — will take place on Monday, April 18, 2011, Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 115 years, this is the fastest period of time in which the field size limit has been reached.
The number of entrants for next year’s race remains as it has been in recent years. In 2010, the race had 26,790 entrants and 22,721 finishers. For the 2010 Boston Marathon, registration filled in just over two months.
Entrants qualify for the Boston Marathon by meeting time standards which correspond to age and gender. The qualifying standards for the 2011 race have been in place since 2003, and must have been met at a marathon certified by USA Track & Field, (the national governing body for the sport) or foreign equivalent. A list of the B.A.A.’s Official Charities for the Boston Marathon is available at www.baa.org.
The registration date for the 2012 Boston Marathon® will be announced after the 2011 race in April. The 116th Running of the Boston Marathon will be on Monday, April 16, 2012.
The B.A.A. has organized the race since the inaugural Boston Marathon in 1897 when the field consisted of 15 entrants and 10 finishers.
Hopefully San Diego will still have a strong showing in Boston come Patriot’s Day 2011.