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A flood of Boston Marathon enthusiasts are descending on the city for this year’s race — including some 4,500 runners prevented from finishing last year — selling out the city’s hotels faster than ever before.
Interest in this year’s April 21 event is intense following last year’s bombings at the finish line that left three dead and more than 260 injured. About 36,000 runners are expected to compete in the Marathon, an increase of 9,000 over last year, and their supporters, media, and fans of the storied Marathon are also flocking to Boston from far and wide.
“It’s probably the biggest consumption of rooms related to the Marathon that we’ve experienced,” said Paul Sacco, president of the Massachusetts Lodging Association.