Qualifying for the world’s most prestigious marathon event, the Boston Marathon, is no easy feat. On the bucket list of many runners, running a BQ requires a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Ok, sweat and tears mostly. But because of the increased amount of applicants, even meeting the required qualifying time does not guarantee entry.
Securing a spot to run the Boston Half Marathon on the other hand can be accomplished while sipping a cappuccino at Starbucks. All you need is a credit card for the $65 entry fee, a reliable internet connection and your hands on the keyboard when registration opens. Capped at 7500 runners and no qualifying time standards, the registration for the 15th installment of the race opened on a Wednesday mid July at 10am EST this year and sold out in 12 minutes. And I had a spot.