Over and over, I read posts here and elsewhere that resent the inclusion of charity runners at Boston. They "take spots from deserving runners". Right?
No they don't. Without charity runners the number of qualified runners wearing a bib each Patriot's Day would have to be capped at a much lower number, and age-group BQs tightened even further.
Why? Each of the 7 towns along the marathon route agreed to let the BAA scale the race to 25,000, as long as a funds are raised for worthy causes each year. Sans such an agreement, Boston would have to scale back to pre-centennial field sizes.
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