Boston Athletic Assocation

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Athletic Association has launched an app that allows runners around the world to be a part of the 2014 Boston Marathon experience.

The Boston Marathon World Run app is available for free on Apple and Android phones. It’s designed to make the exclusive race more inclusive.

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Users are encouraged to set fitness goals they hope to accomplish by the April 21st race day, even if they’re not in Boston or running a full 26.2 miles.

The app allows people to share photos, post their mileage and connect with amateur and elite athletes around the globe. People on six continents have already signed up to take part in the virtual running community.

The 118th edition of the race will have a field of 36,000 runners. That’s a 9,000 increase from last year.