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2020 (Trials) Hopeful
RE: USATF Announces 2020 Olympic Trials Marathon qualifying standards
Does anyone know if Boston is legitimate for qualifying purposes? The rules state:
The qualifying mark must be made on a USATF certified course, in an event sanctioned by USA Track & Field or a member federation of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The course must be USATF/IAAF/AIMS certified with an active course certification and have an elevation loss no greater than 3.25 meters/km. All course configurations will be accepted (no minimum separation).
My quick and dirty research just by looking at the elevation profile and dividing it out came to 3.249 m/km drop, which makes me think that rule was set based on Boston. I know it's not (usually) a super fast race or an ideal place to get an OTQ, but as far as spring races go it's one of the better opportunities. I don't want to waste a marathon on it if it's not allowed for qualifying purposes, though.
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