"if marathons are to be for only the sub 4hr crowd now next year maybe sub 3hr then sub 2hr soon all of you as well as me will be all left out think about that".
Looks like this point really resonates with some of the posters on this board. I agree with you in part, because it is important to remember that very few of us are truly elite runners, and we wouldn't want to be excluded just because we can't run a sub 2 or 3 or 4 hour marathon.
Still, don't you have to draw the line *somewhere*. Have you "finished a marathon" if you run it in 6 hours? How about 8? 10? 12? A day? Two days? As a practical matter, eventually you're going to have to close that course and deny the medal to someone. So... what's your standard? Yours may be more lenient than others, but we all have them, even if they are a bit arbitrary.
Right now, I'm training for a marathon that has an upper time limit of 5:30. The website asks people not to register if they can't complete the race in the allotted time. I thing that's a good thing. If you're slower than 5:30, you don't get a medal... but that's OK. You haven't finished a marathon yet, but keep on training, and your success will be sweeter when you finally *do* reach your goal, knowing that you met a real standard that means something.
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