There's little doubt the Boston Marathon will take place next year, undeterred by last month's terror bombing that killed three people and injured hundreds at the finish line. How should the fallen be honored? ESPN The Magazine's Chris Jones wonders whether the marathon should lift its qualification requirement, if only for one year, and allow all runners to take part. (Runners raising money for charity are already exempt from qualifying.)
For many runners, Boston's status as the only American marathon that requires a qualifying time is part of what makes it special. But the marathon has previously changed its entrance requirements; before 1972, runners also had to be male, a state of affairs Kathrine Switzer famously challenged in 1967. Would an open field be an appropriate way to honor the bombing victims and show the world Boston's collective resolve?
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