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BAA to allow runners to defer to 2013, keep finish line open later

Posted by Matt Pepin, BostonGlobe.com Staff  April 14, 2012 03:26 PM

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The Boston Athletic Association has made two announcements in response to the possibility of high temperatures forecast during Monday's 116th Boston Marathon.

Official participants who wish to defer their entry to next year's marathon will be permitted to do so. This includes everyone from qualified runners to charity runners.

Also, the finish line will remain open an hour later.

On Saturday morning, the BAA distributed the following statement:

"Due to the unusually warm weather conditions forecast for the Boston area on Monday, the BAA will defer the entry of those official entrants to the 2013 Boston Marathon for participants who decide not to race.

This applies to official entrants only, and official entrants must claim their bib number packets at the John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo through Sunday evening at the Seaport World Trade Center in South Boston.

In order to receive a deferment for 2013, race participants may not start the race.

No refunds for the 2012 entry will be given. All entry fees for 2013 must be paid. In addition, the BAA will keep the finish system open an additional hour on race day.

Whereas the finish systems generally cease just prior to 5 p.m., this year the finish systems will remain open until approximately 6 p.m.

The idea behind keeping the finish system open approximately an hour longer is to encourage runners to take it slow.

Read more: Marathon forecast a hot topic.

Correction: An earlier version of this story had incorrect information about which runners qualified for deferment.

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