Boston Marathon, disrupted by tragic bombings this year, to increase field for 2014 race
BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Marathon will accept an extra 9,000 runners for next year's race, with room for the more than 5,000 people stopped on the course this year when two bombs went off and for many of those wanting to run as a tribute to the victims.
Registration for the 118th edition of the world's oldest and most prestigious annual marathon will open on Sept 9, the Boston Athletic Association said.
"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," executive director Tom Grilk said in a statement on Thursday.
The expanded field of 36,000 would be the second largest in the race's history, behind only the 38,708 who registered for the 100th anniversary race in 1996. Organisers have said they are forced to cap the field size because they have limited space at the start in Hopkinton and on some of the course's Colonial-era streets.