As you know, my mom and I went to Boston this year to watch the marathon. It was amazing and so inspirational. We vowed we’d be back to run it one day! We will work to qualify, even if it will take a few years to do so.
I was looking through the forums on LetsRun, and came across one about the Boston Marathon. Here is what someone commented:
I used to feel honored to wear my BAA Marathon shirt. Now, many others I see are “charity” runners. People who raise $$. Most are 5-6 hour marathoners. I know this is old news. But, is there any race left that is a qualifier race?
Maybe they can give the charity runners a different shirt?
This is one of those things where I can see both sides, but am not sure how I feel. I mean, I know that I personally want to work towards a qualifying time. Mainly, because I love a good challenge, and I love that feeling of accomplishment that comes with completing a goal. Though, I do think that if it wasn’t realistic for us to qualify in the future, we’d consider running for charity. We ran the NYC Marathon for charity, and it was a great experience.
This comment also touches upon the “time issue” when it comes to marathons. Just because people run 5-6 hour marathons (my first was 5:20), does that make us any less of a marathoner? I’d love to run a 3-4 hour marathon but if I can only run 4:50 right now, why should that count against me?
I do understand the concept of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. It’s prestigious and many runners view it as the “Holy Grail” of marathons. Many work for years to get that BQ. So should charity runners be “allowed?” I mean…I think so. These runners are committing themselves to raising thousands for charity, and running 26.2 miles for a cause. Isn’t that great? I’m glad other people commented basically telling this person they are wrong, and that if they want to run a race solely based on qualifying time, then they should be working towards the Olympic Trials
Anyway, I guess the point of this post is: Should marathoners be bothered by charity runners? As this comment said, should they get different shirts/jackets? Does it really matter?
What are your thoughts? Have you ever ran the Boston Marathon? Or ran for a charity?
Follow Reach Your Peak: