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2014 Boston Marathon registration date set, field expanded

Posted by Matt Pepin, BostonGlobe.com Staff  August 29, 2013 10:07 AM

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The Boston Athletic Association has announced the 2014 Boston Marathon field size will be expanded to 36,000, and registration will open on Sept. 9.

The field was expanded to include more than 5,000 runners who were prevented from finishing in 2013 because two bombs exploded near the finish line, and also to accommodate increased interest in the 2014 race.

“The BAA is aware of the significantly increased interest in registering for the 2014 Boston Marathon,” BAA executive director Tom Grilk said in a news release. “The rolling admission schedule will provide runners with the fastest qualifying times in their age and gender group the ability to have their entry accepted in an orderly and systematic manner. We understand many marathoners and qualifiers want to run Boston in 2014, and we appreciate the support and patience that the running community has demonstrated because of the bombings that occurred this past Spring.”

Registration will again be conducted on a rolling basis that gives priority to the fastest qualifiers.

The BAA explained the process as follows:

On Monday, September 9, eligible runners who have met the qualifying standard for their age and gender by 20 minutes or more may register. On Wednesday, September 11 at 10:00 a.m. ET, if space remains, registration will open for those who have met their qualifying standard by 10 minutes or more. If space remains, registration will open on Friday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m. ET for those who have met their qualifying standard by five minutes or more. Registration will close on Saturday, September 14 at 10:00 p.m. ET. If space remains after the first week of registration (Monday, September 9 through Saturday, September 14), then registration will re-open for all qualifiers from Monday, September 16 at 10:00 a.m. ET through Friday, September 20 at 5:00 p.m. ET. If space remains after this initial period, then on Monday, September 23 registration will re-open to anyone who meets the qualifying standards. Registration will remain open until the maximum field size is reached.

The Globe's Shira Springer has more details on today's announcement in her story here.

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