Re: Re: New Rhode Island marathon targets Boston overflow

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Andrew A.
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Except that the higher the entry numbers, the higher the prize purse for this race.  8)

I can safely say that if I lived in New England then I would be looking to this race rather than Boston.  The cost and need to enter almost half a year ahead of race day works against the best interests of a lot of good runners for whom BAA John Hancock is their local major spring marathon.  Witness how high a 2:40-2:50 runner places these days versus twentysome years ago — and how often they tend to be runners visiting from far away.  That is what BAA John Hancock has seemingly become, a rich tourist runner event.  Meanwhile, Exeter puts in place a structure to grow competitive depth, between the entry standards, entry fees, and prize purse.