BOSTON (AP) – Registration for the 2012 Boston Marathon is closed, and organizers say the new system is a success.
More than 20,000 entrants have signed up through a rolling admission that was weighted according to their qualification times. The new system was created after the 2011 race filled up in just eight hours, and many would-be runners were left out. The previous record for the race filling up was more than two months.
The Boston Athletic Association changed the first-come, first-served system it had always used to allow those with the better times to register first. Nearly 15,000 runners have been notified that they’re in, and more than 5,000 more will hear next week.
The 116th edition of the world’s oldest annual 26.2-mile run is April 16.
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