Boston Officials Petitioning For World Record

“Why not?” asks the race’s head official.

Even though the Boston Marathon course is in violation of the IAAF rules for allowable drop and the fact that it is point-to-point is not stopping marathon officials from asking this question: Why can’t it count for world records?

On Monday, Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai ran a world-leading time of 2:03:02 on the course. And now the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), the race’s governing body, is going to petition the IAAF to have Mutai’s time count as a world record.

“Sure,” said Tom Grilk, the executive director of the B.A.A regarding whether they were going forward with the petition. “Why wouldn’t we?”

Mutai’s time was greatly aided by the strong tailwinds. Another record that day is most likely going to not stand: Ryan Hall’s American mark of 2:04:58. The USATF uses rules that mimic the IAAF’s when it comes to official certification of records.

Hall doesn’t care about the skeptics out there. “There’s no disappointment for me,” he said. “I was sitting there last night and I’m saying, ‘I’m a 2:04 marathoner.’ I don’t care if it’s the course, or the wind, or anything. I’m a 2:04 marathoner.”

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