I just signed up for the BAA Athletes Village
The Boston Athletic Association has officially announced the 2021 Boston Marathon.
The In-Person race will be held on October 11th and the Virtual Boston Marathon will be held October 8-10.
The in-person race will be limited to 20,000 runners. Even with COVID-19 those numbers will go faster than Meb!
If you have any interest in registering for one of those 20,000 highly coveted bibs, you need to sign up on the BAA Athletes’ Village.
Athletes Village Brings it all Together
If you have run a BAA race or volunteered at a BAA event, you should have an email from the Boston Athletic Association in you inbox.
Registering is quick and easy. If you do not have your volunteer number you can look it up on their site.
Once you are registered you can easily register for any BAA event either as a runner or volunteer. Your volunteer history and number will be on the page.
Even better than all of that, all of your official BAA race results are listed with all of the details!
I keep track of all of my races, but I started running 18 years ago and a lot has been lost to the fog of the long run!
If you have run as many BAA events as I have, this page will be quite interesting to you. I found it fascinating.
I’ve Run Boston 10 Times!
It may be hard to believe, but I didn’t really know how many Boston Marathons I’ve run. You know.
I thought it was 9.
I ran My First Boston Marathon in 2003 and finished in 5:11:07! I was so slow that my finish place was 16384 / 0 !
I know that I wasn’t the last person that day, but that number implies that I was.
I have pictures to prove that I wasn’t last!
That day in 2003 is a real testament to the Boston Marathon crowd.
All I remember is “running” down Commonwealth Avenue and making those sacred turns onto Hereford and Boylston Streets. I felt like I was in the middle of the race and everyone was there for me!
Hereford felt like a mountain and I really thought everyone had waited for me! Endorphins can be better than, well…
My Boston Marathon PR
In 2014 I ran my 6th Boston Marathon and achieved my Boston PR of 4:04:15.
I finished 18964th out of 31925 runners. In 2014 officially there were 12,961 runners still behind me when I crossed the finish line.
That placed me firmly in the 60th percentile of all runners. With a field like Boston, I’m proud to say I finished behind 40% of Boston’s finest runners.
April Showers bring My Hypothermia
In 2018 we had horizontal rain and the temperature was in the 30’s all day. The wind chill made it feel much cooler than that.
With the cold, rain and wind I still managed to finish in 4:46:20. On a normal Marathon Monday I wouldn’t feel too hot about that. But nothing felt hot that day.
I finished 21997th out 25831 finishers, which put me in the 15th percentile. That’s still better than 2003 when I finished in the bottom 5%, or worse!
That was the coldest I’ve ever been and it wasn’t even snowing!
Every year the Boston Marathon is a unique adventure.
Last year we ran it virtually and made up our own courses all over the world.
This year 20,000 lucky runners will get to run from Hopkinton to Boston. 70,000 other lucky runners will get to run the Virtual Boston Marathon on a course of their choosing.
If you want to get in, you have to register for the BAA Athletes Village.
Good luck and Run Well!