Last year, registration for the Boston Marathon filled in just over two months.
This year, it took just a day. Registration opened this morning and closed this evening, Boston Athletic Association officials have confirmed. The BAA shut down registration at 5:03 p.m.“More so than ever before, we got the word out because the race has closed out earlier and earlier in the last few years,” said race director Dave McGillivray. “There are more people running these days, more people qualifying and a greater inventory of people who want to run Boston. As a result of all that, there was a sense of urgency that hasn’t existed before. Because of that sense of urgency, I got so many emails from so many people relieved that they got in.”
The 115th Boston Marathon will be held on April 18. Last year, there were 26,790 entries, 23,177 starters and 22,721 finishers. Officials estimated they'd have the same amount of entries in the 2011 race.
Earlier in the day, BAA officials sensed there would be a rapid sellout of available spots in the race because of a high volume of traffic to the BAA's web site where registration was conducted. A minor technical issue was resolved, and by noon more than 12,000 had signed up for the event.
Entrants for the Boston Marathon must meet qualifying times in a marathon certified by USA Track and Field.
Marathoning has soared in popularity in the United States. In 1976, 25,000 Americans finished marathons, according to Running USA. Last year, there were a record 467,000 American marathon finishers.
For many, the Boston Marathon, the nation's oldest marathon, is the crowning achievement of their running pursuits. It was started in 1897 with 15 runners. Ten finished.
(Shira Springer of the Globe contributed to this story)
- Matt Pepin, Boston.com sports editor
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 15-time Boston qualifier who's completed 11 consecutive Boston Marathons and 23 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 12th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
- Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes