Boston Marathon Field To Expand By 9,000 To 36,000 For '14
The Boston Athletic Association today announced that the field size for the '14 Boston Marathon will increase to 36,000 runners and registration for the race will open Monday, Sept. 9. The new field size marks an increase of 9,000 runners from '13, but it "will not surpass the record of 38,708 entrants set at the 100th Boston Marathon" in '96. The additional spots will present "logistical challenges for race organizers," including "larger start and finish staging areas and longer road closures." The announcement comes the same day that special registration for '13 non-finishers concludes (BOSTON.com, 8/29).