Today’s lunchtime run was easily the hottest run of the year and the crisp training days of autumn still seem like an impossible dream.
With that in mind, it is difficult to come to terms with the fact I need to be deciding, right now, whether or not to register for a December marathon.
Difficult or not, that is what we are faced with as the folks at the California International Marathon are reporting they are about 90% full, as of today.
The CIM continues to fill way faster than last year! Marathoners entered as of 8/9/2012 = 7,026; marathon entry limit = 8,000. Although the entry fee increase deadline was a reason, we had more than 800 people enter last week alone! Daily entries continue to be higher than last year… so… dare we say, “Do the math.”? We will say, “Enter sooner than later to avoid disappointment!”
If you are somewhat faster than average, you have a little more time this year as CIM is holding a few registrations aside for runners that meet the qualifying standards of the Guaranteed Entry Program.
Generally, these standards are five minutes slower than the 2011 Boston qualifying standards.
If you plan to use this guaranteed entry program, you need to put October 2nd on your calendar since you’ll only have a short, two week window to get registered. If you miss it, you get to watch the race from the side-lines.