Standards have tightened dramatically.
The New York Road Runners have issued one message to those interested in a sure entry to the ING New York City Marathon: speed up. According to a release on their Web site, the race’s governing body stated that beginning in 2013 a 30-year-old male would have to run 2:45 to be assured a guaranteed entry–a full 10-minute reduction from the current standard. For a 40-year-old woman the standard drop is more significant: she will have to run 3:10 as opposed to 3:38.
“We’ve noticed people want a competitive race and people are just getting faster in general as people become more dedicated to the sport,” said Drea Braxmeier, a NYRR spokeswoman.
The rule changes apply also to the unfortunate runner who didn’t earn a lottery slot for three years in a row. Previously, these runners were guaranteed that their fourth try would be successful, but this practice is now being phased out.
“We’re not trying to lessen the field at all,” Braxmeier said. “At this point it’s just trying to make it fair for everyone.”
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