Organisers of the Boston Marathon have been granted provisional approval to increase the field of the 2015 event to 30,000 runners. The news arrived after the eight municipalities across the Boston Marathon agreed to the change, which represents a 3,000 jump from previous years.
Tom Grilk, executive director at the Boston Athletic Association, said the upturn in numbers would potentially allow for more qualifiers: "At some level [the field size] is official, Can we accommodate some more qualifiers? Let's do it one step at a time. There's not an underlying subtext that this is a test.”
To allow for a larger field, Grilk is considering using four waves at the start, rather than the three they currently employ. It seems feasible the event could cope with the increase in numbers, particularly when this year’s race accommodated 36,000 runners following the bombings in 2013.
Last year’s event saw Meb Keflezighi become the first US winner of the Boston Marathon since 1983, crossing the finish line in 2:08:37, and Rita Jeptoo finished fastest female for the third time, clocking a time of 2:18:57.
Registration opens for time qualifiers on 8 September. More information, including qualifying times, is available here.
Details of trips to Boston for the marathon in April 2015 are available at the Sports Tours International website.