Thursday, October 14, 2010

WSJ article on women's BQ times

Anyone want to weigh in on this? I think it's only a matter of time before they raise the bar for the "gentler sex."


RM said...

Good article Meg, thanks for posting.

I feel that, similar to races that give a handicap start so that a man or woman has a theoretically equal chance of being the first to cross the line, it would be a good idea to move it back closer to the difference in world records. Now, like the article says, that would be 11 minutes. That's a little tight. But 20 minutes would be MORE than fair.

In general, maybe they just need to make ALL the times a little harder.

But, also consider that with the 18 month rule in effect, you have plenty of time to run your time, then register for Boston. I don't know, nor do I care to wager, the number of people that would go to a race like NYC thinking "I want to qualify for Boston next year" - maybe it's a lot - but it's just going to force people to plan a little further ahead.

No different than fighting to sign up for a triathlon! Just many, many more people.

Meg said...

I think switching from 18 months to 12 months might be a smarter thing to do, at least for now, and it actually wouldn't surprise me if the BAA made that change after this year's race closes. I think there's a chance it might fill in a matter of days, since so many people qualified last fall but didn't register in time because it filled up way faster than expected.

RM said...

OR they could move to a qualifying RACE standard as opposed to a qualifying time, like triathlon. So you have to finish x% of age group/x:xx time to qualify.

Runners would flip their shit then.

Welcome to triathlon.