Runners wait to start the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Runners wait to start the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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Today the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced the 2015 Boston Marathon field size will be 30,000. The “rolling” registration process for the Patriot’s Day (April 20) race, which is the same as 2012, 2013, and 2014, begins on Monday, Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. The the fastest qualified runners in each gender are allowed to register first.

This is the third-largest field size in the race’s history, according to the B.A.A. The 2014 Boston Marathon had 36,000 runners (the second-largest) while the Centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 had the largest field at 38,708.

“The B.A.A. worked with many partners for more than a year to reclaim the joy and celebration of Patriots’ Day at the 2014 Boston Marathon,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director, in a prepared statement. “As we look forward to 2015, our goal is to accommodate as many participants as possible in the Boston Marathon, while maintaining the exceptional race experience and unique characteristics that make this event special. Our field size limit allows us to meet that goal, and our registration process recognizes the commitment needed to qualify and gain entry into the Boston Marathon.”

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The size of the Boston Marathon field was opened up to 34,000 in 2014 from 27,000 in 2013. Runners have been working to qualify since September 14, 2013 for this marathon, but their registration isn’t complete until their times have been verified.

Learn more about the qualification process at baa.org. Registration is exlusively online. Here are the qualifying times for the 2015 Boston Marathon.