New qualifying times and system for the Boston Marathon.
* Every standard is 5 minutes faster, starting in 2013.
* "On the first two days, only runners who have bested the qualifying time by at least 20 minutes will be allowed to apply. On days three and four, those who have beaten it by 10 minutes can apply. On day five, five minutes." (Then everybody else with a qualifying time)
Time chart on BAA website.
Likely to be some complaints (doesn't address disparities between specific groups), but it goes toward fixing what seemed like a broken system this year. It's also neat to think about how it will spread out bubbles of runners (young men and women at 3:10 and 3:40, respectively) at other races, as runners work hard towards 5 and 10-minute buffers.