Monday, April 18, 2011

Boston: Accidental Elite reports
When the 115th Boston Marathon sold out its entries for regular qualifiers last October in a record eight hours, it created an opportunity for Dover's Scott Rowe.

Surprised, like everyone, that the first 20,000 entries went so fast, Rowe didn't despair. He contacted the Boston Athletic Association, which set him up with an elite entry to this year's field. Now Rowe is one of just a handful of runners who will start the legendary 26.2-mile footrace in the front of the pack.

"I've always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to have an elite entry, but they don't have a set standard," Rowe said. "It's based upon people they have coming in."

While Rowe might have obtained the elite bib by virtue of a quick sellout due to intense interest in this year's race, his status as one of the field's top runners is no accident at all. At age 36, Rowe has become a prolific marathoner, twice earning the honor as the Boston Marathon's top finisher from New Hampshire. This will be his fifth time running the world's most famous road race.