I, however, am NOT one of those people. I seem to have to pull myself up with my bootstraps and then use the boots that I just put on to kick life's ass and steal what I want. This year though, like a child licking the cold frozen flagpole time and time again, I am going to tempt fate and ask for punishment. This year I'm entering not one but TWO Marathon Lotteries.
It turns out that running has become such a popular sport that thousands of people actually PAY to put themselves through this:
Actually, shirts are generally encouraged.....
Or yes, even this:
I need to install a counter in my sidebar at the number of times I've used this picture
The reality is that a select few marathons are such an experience that people really do flock to them in the thousands. The two I am going to try for? The New York City Marathon and the St George Marathon. Both races have lotteries and both have less than a 25% chance of getting in. So, while I don't think that I'll actually get into both of them, I know I won't for sure if I don't try.
The St George marathon isn't necessarily a big race, it is pretty average - restricted by mountain roads. The reason it is so popular? Check the elevation chart below. It is the marathon equivalent of juicing up and hitting 400 home runs in a single season. So, while I think that it is SLIGHTLY cheating - if Boston wants to continue to make their criteria harder, I'm just going to find races that are downhill enough that I could roll down and Boston Qualify!
Has anyone else had any luck with Marathon lotteries? Anyone I can bribe to get me in?