Though I submitted my registration for the 2011 Boston Marathon online on October 18th…the day registration opened and two days after I qualified, I have been going crazy waiting for my official acceptance into this race. After I registered, the Boston Athletic Association did notify me that I did hold a spot, but they could not “officially” accept me until they verified a few things, specifically my qualifying time for both entry and seeding. Though I am always technically training, I will officially start training for this event on December 12th, the day of Sugar Land 30k (18.6 mile) race. I will follow Coach Pete Pfitzinger’s program, which will start me off at 80 miles per week and topping off at 105 miles per week. It is a brutal training schedule, but one I am ready for.
Here is my official notice:
Dear Edward Carson,
This is to notify you that your entry into the 115th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18, 2011 has been accepted, provided that the information you submitted is accurate. You can verify your acceptance into the field by searching the 115th Boston Marathon Entrants database on the B.A.A. web site. Additionally, a Confirmation of Acceptance card will be mailed to you via US Postal Service mail. In early April 2011, an official Number Pick-up Card and Welcome Booklet regarding the B.A.A. Boston Marathon and related race week activities will be mailed to you via US Postal Service first class mail. If you do not receive your Number Pick-up Card (required to claim number) and brochure by April 9, please contact our Registration Office at email@example.com. Registration related inquiries may also be directed to 508-435-6905.
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We look forward to seeing you in April! Best of luck in your training!
Boston Athletic Association