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BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Athletic Association is trying to make it a little easier to get into the 2014 Boston Half Marathon.

Last year, the field was filled in eleven minutes on a first-come, first-served basis.

This year, the B.A.A. says 20-percent of the 8,000 spots for runners will be randomly selected from all submissions during registration on July 16-17.

In other words, if you get shut out when registration opens on Wednesday, July 16 at 10 a.m., you’ll still get a chance to get in the race.

You’ll be able to submit an entry by Thursday July 17 at 5 p.m. Once that deadline closes, the B.A.A. will randomly select 1,600 runners for the race.

Those who are accepted and not accepted will receive an email from the B.A.A. on July 18.

Several runners are already in because they’re running for the Dana-Farber Fundraising Team or they signed up in January for the B.A.A. Distance Medley, which includes the B.A.A. 5K and 10K.

The half marathon starts and finishes at Franklin Park on October 12.

Entry will be held entirely online at baa.org. The entry fee is $75.

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