All I am trying to say is we should have a format where all the majors should co align, Understandable Boston, the goal for all marathoners, GFA is a must, other majors should have the same system as New York, where you have to run 9 races organised by New York Road Runners and Volunteer for 1,
This makes people who just wants to do a marathon think twice, also if you are going to run VLM those 9 runs is a good training tool!
At the end of the day VLM has turned into a money making machine, I am not saying there shoudn't be charity places, but a large portion of places has now gone to charities and each charity ask for 2k for sponsorship! meaning this event is no longer a running event and 2k? how charitable is that?
1.I think the number of chairty places should be reduced! freeing up some more places,
2. a bit more clarity would be nice, it doesnt take them 6 months draw people out of a hat!
3. This is the system I would suggest, do it by seeds
If you have done a marathon before then you should be in one pot and if you havent you should be in another pot (thats why there are charity spots). Obviously more places will be on offer for people who has done one before.
Also If you are planning to move the GFA times, please give notice like BAA, dont move it after the event!
Since London is a major marathon I think all the major should have common standard, New York, GFA 2.45, Boston 3.05 (advance warning) London 3.10 2012, moved to 3.05 a week after 2013 marathon
Chicago will be ballot next year since their system crashed this year with high number of registration, I agree with qualifying time but if VLM keep moving it then no matter how hard you try you will not get the time!