For those who don't recall, here's how it works. If you have run a qualifying time between Sept 13th, 2014 and Sept 13th, 2015, your day to register depends on how much you beat your qualifying time:
- Those who meet the qualifying standards for their age group by 20 minutes or more more can register starting Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. ET.
- Those who meet the qualifying standards for their age group by 10 minutes or more can register starting Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. ET.
- Those who meet the qualifying standards for their age group by 5 minutes or more can register starting Friday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. ET.
Registration will then close on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. ET. If space remains after the first week of registration, then registration will re-open for all qualifiers from Monday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. ET to Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. ET.
Although we all wish it were that easy, there are two additional factors to consider. Be sure to check your qualifying time for your age, which was made more difficult in 2014 (3:05 for men under the age of 34, 3:35 for women in that age bracket, for example). And hopefully you have a bit of cushion under that time - you may recall that in 2015, you needed to beat your qualifying time by 62 seconds to get one of the ~23,000 entries. The registration fee for the 2016 race is $180 for U.S. residents and $240 for international residents.
If you are interested in doing my favorite marathon double (2 marathons, 2 coasts, in six days), the Boston 2 Big Sur drawing is open until Oct 1st, 2015.
If you're in the lottery, good luck! I hope to see you in Hopkinton next April.