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.
Trying to plan races for Spring 2011 and wanted to go and try somewhere new (have done London, Paris, Barcelona, Hamburg etc). Timing, price and course for Bratislava Marathon looks good, but has anyone on here actually tried it?
Is a relatively small and new race, and my usual bible on this - Marathonguide.com - only has one review saying it was pretty good. Also ticks the boxes for a decent trip away. Flights not ideal, but can fly in and out of Vienna (nice place to top and tail the trip) and train it over the border to Bratislava quickly and cheaply.
Happy to hear from anyone with the inside line on this race, or better still from anyone who fancies giving it a whirl...