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And the Answer Is?

Over the past couple of months a repetitive question has been emailed to me by so many- ‘when is registration opening for the 2014 Boilermaker? ‘
For the past few years our tradition has been to open registration at the half-way point of the running of the Boilermaker. If we had followed that tradition registration would be opening on Saturday January 11, 2014. However we’ve decided to break tradition- signups will start on Saturday, March 22nd at noon (EST). Why you might ask? Here are a few reasons:
The quick sellout of this year’s Boilermaker (15k-3 days, 5k- 4 days) pointed out, in my opinion, a herd mentality that stampeded. One phenomenon that we have seen is a greater no-show rate than in the past. While we (as well as most races that sell out) would be challenged if everyone showed up we have seen a 3-4% more no-shows than in the past. While I suspect that we will see a quick sellout in 2014 perhaps we’ll see a few more at the start line.
We felt that postponing registration might give a participant greater vision to an obligation that might have trump running the Boilermaker (could there be such a thing!). Weddings, reunions, or that once in a lifetime trip can, on occasion, happen.
Then there is the New Years factor with registration formerly opening so close to that day of new beginnings. According to statistics 45% of the U.S. population makes a resolution on January 1st- unfortunately only 8% will achieve that goal. Running the Boilermaker in the middle of July is not an easy feat (or easy on the feet); this year was a particularly tough one with both high heat and humidity. A first time runner may find themselves having to adopt multiple changes in lifestyle, be they exercise and nutritional, to tackle the 15k. A later registration gives that person a chance to make an honest assessment they can do it.
And why go to a noon opening rather than midnight? If we were to have to handle a computer issue I would rather be dealing with it in the afternoon rather than at zero dark thirty.
Finally, we decided to stick with a Saturday rather than a weekday both because we don’t want to promote workers ‘playing hooky’ or students having to miss classes.
So set your clocks; March is right around the corner!

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