I ran Boston in 2010. I was injured and had a poor race. So I decided to try again in 2011 because my qualification period covered 18 months. On the day registration opened, I spent 3 hours trying to get my online registration accepted. I eventually got in. Tens of thousands of better runners than me missed out.

The Boston Athletic Association responded by changing the rules to favor faster runners. I applaud their response, even though it is going to make it much harder for me to qualify again. Heck, I might have to lose some weight and train harder.

If you see any analogies with states trying to balance their budgets, you’re welcome.