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BAA Sets Field At 30,000 For 2015 Boston Marathon

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2014 Boston Marathon. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

2014 Boston Marathon. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) — The field for the 2015 Boston Marathon will be a little smaller than the 2014 race, the B.A.A. announced on Thursday.

The Boston Athletic Association set a field size for the 2015 Boston Marathon at 30,000 entrants, down from the field of 36,000 they set for last year’s race. The 30,000 is still the third-largest field in the event’s history, behind 2014 and the Centennial Boston Marathon in 1996, which had the event’s largest field at 38,708 runners.

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Registration for the 119th Boston Marathon, which will be held on April 20, 2015, will open on Monday, September 8 at 10am. The B.A.A. will use the same process to register qualified runners as it used for the Boston Marathon in 2012, 2013 and 2014, allowing the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group to register first.

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Registration will be held entirely online at www.baa.org. To qualify, runners must meet time standards which correspond to age and gender. The qualifying times for the 2015 Boston Marathon remain unchanged from recent years and are listed on the B.A.A.’s website.

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