Imagine not having to close online registration until the start gun fires. Imagine only needing five volunteers to manage number pickup for 10,000 people. Imagine ZERO data entry for your timer!
I finished the Louisville Derby Half-Marathon and noticed the thousands of finishers' medals waiting for their owners. How do race directors figure out how many medals to order for any given race without getting stuck with too many, or (worse) too few?
It could be argued that during the past 110 years, more things have stayed the same with the B.A.A. Boston Marathon than have changed. Tradition is a very important asset of this venerable race. However, as time changes, so do many of the objectives, conditions, and issues surrounding an event of this magnitude.