no where wrote:
It leaves the half standards no where different. It's generous for usatf to even allow those with only the Half standard into the race. Its intent was to bring the top guys up to the marathon from shorter distances. Think Rupp. Now it is abused. 57% of qualifiers for the OTM have NEVER run a marathon. What does that tell you? I think they should keep a half standard but tighten it to 1:03:30.
Adjust the standard for the Trials marathon to reflect the OG standard and leave the existing standard as is for entry via a 1/2 marathon time.
a tangent thought:
That 57% of the field will be testing themselves to find out if they can actually run a competitive marathon seems a bit high for a race that primarily is designed to select our OG Marathon Team.