Am just sorting my Boston Marathon place for 2015 and since the race is on a Monday, I was wondering whether there are any local races (ideally another marathon) in the local Boston area on the Saturday before? Anyone know of any, or a decent source that might be able to help? Have looked at MarathonGuide.com and ahotu to no avail, but these do seem to cater more for the larger city events, so am hopeful there is something smaller that I could find and run in.
Boston entry had been getting more 'competitive' year on year recently without the impact of last year, which I'm sure will increase demand for places in 2014.
No doubt many folk will be working that little bit harder on their times to get in, but I think a greater effect will come from many more eligible runners with qualifying times simply wanting to be there, when perhaps in another year they may have passed.
It will clearly be a very special and emotional event for many runners and the city alike. As such I'm hoping to be there myself, but even with a time 15mins better than my qualifying standard, I'm not banking on it such is the level of interest this one will get.
In terms of chalking up a valid qualifying time, I'm sure the BAA site would cover this in FAQs but from memory I think as long as it has chip timing and nothing dubious about the course (e.g. massive overall descent) I'm pretty sure it'll be valid.
Best of luck to all, and hopefully will see you there...
Spoke to the manager of the Asics shop in London about these. She said that the new Asics DS Trainer was a completely different shoe from previous version (which I train/run in too). Her view was that new DS Trainer was a catastrophe waiting to happen; 'an ankle breaker' due to rubbish new support system in the shoe. She said that the Sky Speed picked up where the old DS Trainer left off and was the one to go for if looking to replace the old DS Trainer. Old DS Trainer and Sky Speed are very similar shoes apparently. Hope this helps.