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Boston Marathon to give some invitational entries to 2014 event

Posted by Matt Pepin, BostonGlobe.com Staff  November 18, 2013 04:43 PM

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The Boston Athletic Association will provide a limited number of invitational entries to the 2014 Boston Marathon to people who were most impacted by the bombings at the finish line of the 2013 race.

People who want to be considered for an invitational entry must submit a written request via the BAA's website, and photos, videos, or any other material will not be accepted. Applicants must have been "personally and profoundly impacted by the events of April 15, 2013"; be able to complete a 26.2-mile marathon in six hours, 30 minutes or less; and be 18 by April 21, 2014.

Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 5 p.m., and those chosen will be notified Dec. 4. The invitation is only for the 2014 event, can't be transferred to anyone else, and runners chosen must pay a $325 entry fee.

The field for the Boston Marathon will be 36,000, including the invitational entries.

A Boston Marathon qualifying time or fund-raising is not required.

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