Organisers of the Boston Marathon have announced that 9,000 extra places will be available for next year's race, taking its total field to 36,000. The news came alongside confirmation that registration for time qualifiers will open on Monday 9 September.
Tom Grilk, executive director for the Boston Athletic Association, commented: "The B.A.A. is aware of the significantly increased interest in registering for the 2014 Boston Marathon. 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."
Just as there was increased interest for the race, organised for Monday 21 April, the B.A.A. also ensured that the 5,624 runners who were unable to finish last year were allocated guaranteed entry to the 2014 marathon. Of those that were prevented from finishing, 4,722 (84%) have registered.
The qualifying process allows the fastest runners to register first (those who have met the qualifying time by 20 minutes or more), and will then open to slower qualifiers on a rolling basis.
While the increase in entry levels is sizable, it's unlikely to culminate in a record turnout. In 1996, Boston celebrated its 100th staging with 38,708 runners, 35,869 of which finished.