The Boston Athletic Association is trying to make it a little easier to get into the 2014 Boston Half Marathon.
“The one word I have to describe it all – epic,” race director Dave McGillivray told reporters Tuesday at a post-race news conference.
Last year, more than 5,500 runners were stopped on the course and their safety was Dave McGillivray’s top concern.
Members of the Massachusetts National Guard have run in the Boston Marathon in full uniform while wearing 40-pound rucksacks, for the past decade. But it won’t happen this year because no backpacks are allowed.
The Boston Marathon is sending out a special invitation for next year’s race for those “personally and profoundly impacted” by the bombings at the finish line.
Thousands of runners took part in Boston Athletic Association’s Half Marathon Sunday, held at Franklin Park.
Runners who couldn’t complete this year’s Boston Marathon because of the bombs at the finish line have created an online petition asking organizers to let them into next year’s race.
The field is filling up quickly for the Boston Athletics Association 10K, the organization’s first race since the bombing of the Boston Marathon.
More than $28 million has been donated to The One Fund since the bombings.
After Thursday’s interfaith service, President Barack Obama visited a gymnasium across the street from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross to thank Boston Athletic Association volunteers.