At this point, there is no way to accurately measure how increased interest in running the 2014 Boston Marathon will impact how quickly the field fills.
Once the field takes shape, the BAA will review race day logistics. With 36,000 runners, it’s likely there will be a fourth wave of starting runners, meaning larger start and finish staging areas and longer road closures. Organizers may need to stagger runner arrivals in Hopkinton to avoid overcrowding. For example, Wave 4 may arrive at the start staging area as Wave 1 waits in corrals at the start. Additionally, it’s likely there will be secured areas around the start and finish line open only to runners, credentialed race staff and media. Those plans are still under discussion.
But determining next year’s field size is a big, early step toward shaping what will be an emotional 2014 Boston Marathon.