historical friction wrote:
Not Cool Bro wrote:
Avocado's Number wrote:
Larner's note is perfectly proper and correct. The same can't be said of your comment or its inflammatory subject heading.
My comment might be inflammatory, but it is accurate. "Aided" is not the same thing as being "not record eligible". The NYC Marathon course is not record eligible either and no one would call that course "aided". Everyone all of a sudden thinks Boston is "aided" just because 2011 was ridiculously fast due to the large tail wind. That does not mean that automatically every year is now "aided". Point in case, the winning time in 2012 was around 2:12:40.
2012 was slow because it was hotter than balls. They'll even run slow in Berlin, Frankfurt and Rotterdam if it's in the high 80's.
You are correct in that NYC is not record eligible, because the S/F separation is too great. But Boston is still aided because it's a huge net downhill. Sure, there are hills that slow it down, but try running it backward and see how fast you run.
Last year's women's race was a great example of how fast you can run there when you run hard from the gun. If the race provided rabbits, we'd see silly times, and not just in the big tailwind years.
Boston is not a fast course. It was slower than every other WMM course until 2010. Go back & look at the winning times for previous years.