Registration for the 115th Boston Marathon begins today, October 18. So, lace up your envelopes, that is, if you’ve met the qualifying standards, and send in your registration to run with 27,000 other crazy people on April 18.
Oh, hey, since I’m nice, I’ll save you the time and just point you straight at the registration form.
Not everyone who submits gets accepted, however.
Man, this is like applying to college all over again.
Entrants must meet the BAA’s time standards, which vary according to age and gender. Qualifying standards for the 2011 Boston Marathon must be met on or after Sept. 20, 2009, at a marathon certified by USA Track & Field, or a foreign equivalent.
The field for the 2011 race is capped at 26,800. It took only two months for that many people to bet accepted to the race last year and officials expect it to fill up even faster this year.
You have to pay $130 to run in this race. WTF? That’s crazysauce!
However, knowing a few people who have completed the Boston Marathon, having that little participant medal is worth the money, the pain, having to pee on the street and having to get up at like 3 a.m. to have the privilege of running 26.3 miles in what will probably be cold weather.
And while participating in this event, or any marathon, may seem to a non-runner to be the sign of some sort of mental defect; keep in mind that most Americans are transfixed on what’s going on with Kim Kardashian’s ass on a nightly basis, so back off on the skinny kids.