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Police commissioner: 9,000 more runners in 2014 Boston Marathon

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  August 5, 2013 12:35 PM

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The 2014 Boston Marathon field will be 9,000 runners stronger, Boston Police commissioner Ed Davis said Friday morning on NECN.

Jack Fleming, director of marketing and communications for the Boston Athletic Association, told Runner's World that details have to be worked out with the cities and towns that the marathon passes through.

"We really do need to work with all of the cities and towns and the larger, coordinating Commonwealth agencies," said Fleming. "[The growth of the field] is happening. However, it is too early for us to state the field size that might ultimately be set."

The marathon's usual field hosts some 27,000 runners. The 5,633 official entrants who were unable to finish the 2013 marathon because of the bombings are guaranteed entry into the 2014 marathon. It is not yet clear if these runners will count toward the additional entrants in the field.

The runners from this year's marathon who are guaranteed entry must register by Aug. 29.

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