Not all who applied will get into the race, the BAA said.
"We have been very pleased with how smoothly our new registration process has worked,” said BAA executive director Tom Grilk in a press release. “Regrettably, we are unable to accept all applicants due to field size limitations and the large number of applications we received from qualified runners. Our new process is based on fairness and athletic accomplishment, and we appreciate the cooperation we have received from all marathoners during the process.”
According to the BAA, there were almost 15,000 applicants in the first week of registration, which began Sept. 12 and was limited to the fastest runners within each qualifying standard. The second week, which began Monday, was for all others who had recorded a qualifying time in a marathon.
More than 20,000 runners will be accepted via the new procedure, with remaining slots given to charity runners and sponsors. The BAA said it will not announce what the final time cutoff was until all applicants have been notified and verified.
Last year, there were 26,907 entrants in the Boston Marathon.
- 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