BOSTON (CBS) – The 2014 Boston Marathon is going to be a lot larger than usual. The B.A.A. announced on Thursday that it has set the field size at 36,000 official entrants.
Registration will open on Monday, September 9, 2013 at 10 a.m.
The B.A.A. will use the same “rolling admission” process to register qualified runners as it used in the 2012 and 2013 marathons, allowing the fastest qualifiers to register first.
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“The B.A.A. is aware of the significantly increased interest in registering for the 2014 Boston Marathon,” B.A.A. Executive Director Tom Grilk said in a news release. “The rolling admission schedule will provide runners with the fastest qualifying times in their age and gender group the ability to have their entry accepted in an orderly and systematic manner. 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.”
The registration fee for qualifiers is $175 for United States residents and $225 for international residents.
Registration will be held entirely online at www.baa.org.
The field of 36,000 will include those runners who did not finish last year’s race and are being allowed to run again in 2014, as well as charity runners. The B.A.A. has not yet determined the number of spots that will be available for charity runners, but they expect to determine that before registration opens.
A separate registration is being held for the 5,624 runners who reached the 2013 race’s half marathon checkpoint but did not have the opportunity to cross the finish line as a result of the bombings. The deadline for registration is August 29 at 5 p.m. Already, more than 4,500 of those runners have registered to run next year’s race.
This will be the second largest field size in the history of the race. Last year’s field was around 27,000, The 1996 Centennial Boston Marathon had a field size of 38,708.