Boston Marathon expands field of runners to meet demand for 2014 race
To meet demand, Boston is planning an even bigger marathon for the 2014 race. (shutterstock.com)
Published Sunday, September 1, 2013 6:38PM EDT
To meet demand, next year's Boston Marathon, North America's most prestigious, will have a field of 36,000 runners, an increase of 9,000 more than its usual size. Registration opens early as well, on Monday, September 9, at 10 a.m. ET.
The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) announced the news this week, adding that time qualifiers can register on September 9, with registration remaining open until the spots are filled.
To race, you'll need to qualify via completion of a previous marathon within a set time. Eligible marathons are approved by the USA Track & Field association, Athletics Canada, or the Association of International Marathon and Road Races.
"The BAA is aware of the significantly increased interest in registering for the 2014 Boston Marathon," said BAA executive director Tom Grilk. "We understand many marathoners and qualifiers want to run Boston in 2014, and we appreciate the support and patience that the running community has demonstrated because of the bombings that occurred this past spring."
Runner's World reports that the 5,633 runners who had passed the halfway point of this year's race but were unable to finish due to the bombings are guaranteed entry into next year's race.