Boston Marathon qualifiers double from last One City Marathon

Reema Amin

The One City Marathon had fewer registered runners this year, close to the same number of marathoners, and the lowest temperatures since the inception of the race three years ago.

But the number of runners who qualified for the prestigious 2018 Boston Marathon doubled from 2016.

Sixty-four runners qualified for the race in Boston, said Telly Whitfield, assistant to the city manager and the lead city organizer for the One City Marathon. He said 32 or 33 people qualified in each of the last two races.

Qualifying times for the 2018 Boston Marathon range from three hours and five minutes to four hours and 55 seconds, depending on gender and age, according to the Boston Marathon's website.

The city had seen an increase in elite runners — a few more in both the marathon and 8K — so that's a decent contributor, Whitfield said.

About 2,670 people were registered — 453 in the marathon, 706 in the Maritime 8K, 953 in the Nautical Mile and 558 in the marathon relay, race organizer Flat-Out Events reported Sunday. There were 2,621 registered participants in 2015 and 3,050 in 2016.

"I honestly think the word's out that it is a fast, flat course," Whitfield said Thursday.

Tweaks made to taxi reporting laws

The Newport News City Council passed two changes to taxicab ordinances that are supposed to make life a little easier for drivers.

Both changes came about as a result of input from the cab industry, interim City Manager Cindy Rohlf wrote in a memo to council members.

Representatives with Yellow Cab of Newport News and Orange Cab Co. of Newport News did not return a call seeking comment.

The first change allows taxi operators to notify the police department that their cab is out of service after 10 days instead of the previous requirement of 48 hours.

"Most repairs to a taxicab take more than two days," Rohlf wrote. "The 10 day period allows more time for the repairs, and if required, for the notification to be made."

The second change allows taxi companies to keep electronic records of their driver manifests, or the log where drivers record trips.

The ordinance previously required paper.

The police department must be able to view the manifest electronically, and the company has to print a record if police request that, Rohlf wrote.

Amin can be reached by phone at 757-247-4890.

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