Message Category: Specific Race Discussions Topic: New Boston Procedures
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Lottery for slower qualifiers too marathon26 3/7/11 9:26:24 PM ET
My point was this - can there be an additional lottery for slower qualifiers since the new method favors faster qualifiers but no one was interested in commenting on that. However I mention charity runners in passing, which I am fine with, and wouldn't change and all the phones light up. So let's go with that. Let's get rid of the traditional charity runners. Everybody who runs Boston must be the fastest by age group and gender on race day. If some of those fast runners also raise money for charity, as many do, all the better. Following the charity funding method used by many marathons I have run I suggest this alternate approach: Now the Boston Marathon price is $100 for entry PLUS another $75 to be donated to a charity either the runner chooses or will be selected for the runner. (Please research those numbers to make it work). In the race packet we all get a purple shirt or a purple patch to wear for Fighting Leukemia or an orange Dana Farber shirt or gloves, etc. The crowd will be even more thrilled and embracing because EVERYBODY is running for charity. The charities are thrilled because they not ony get guaranteed money they get additional bonus money from the many good souls who will still donate additional funds. And the purists are happy because it is a race which features only the fastest runners. Win - win - win, except for slower fast people who still can't get in because there is no lottery element.