Red Glare wrote:
Mick Lovin wrote:
Here is the big question.
Why were the standards harder in the 80's than now?
This. Faster runners just aren't as willing to spend tons of loot traveling to and running the Disneyland of marathons. Before the marathon spread in popularity, good marathoners thrived on and even needed Boston. That was a good 20 or more years ago and it's no longer true at all today. Good runners no longer consider running Boston to be some sort of anointing. This is why, outside of the elite races, Boston just isn't a hot topic here like it is on jogger message boards. Here it's just another high level road race, about on par with Twin Cities, Houston, Cleveland, LA, Carlsbad 5000, New Haven 20K, Providence 5K, Falmouth, etc.
At least you didn't say NYCM!