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Boston Marathon Entries On Record Pace, Up 20%

2009
Boston Marathon Entries On Record Pace: 20% Ahead of
Schedule

 

Boston, Mass. ‰ÛÒ
The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced today that entries for the
113th Boston Marathon, to be held on Monday, April 20, 2009, are pacing 20%
ahead of the same time last year. As of January 9, 2008, there were 14,333
participants registered for the 2008 Boston Marathon. The number of entrants
currently registered for the 2009 Boston Marathon is
17,772.

 

The B.A.A. did
not increase the entry fee for the 2009 Boston Marathon, and the field size
limit remains at 25,000 entrants for the second consecutive year. With the 2008
Boston Marathon having reached its maximum by February, qualified runners
looking to participate in the 2009 race are encouraged to submit their
registration quickly to avoid being shut out of the
competition.

 

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs an exciting
time for the B.A.A. and the sport of running, even in this challenging economic
climate,‰Û said B.A.A. Executive Director Guy Morse. ‰ÛÏTo qualify for the Boston
Marathon takes a commitment to one‰Ûªs training and dedication to a fitness
regimen. Anyone who has qualified and intends to run next year‰Ûªs Boston Marathon
should enter now while space remains available. We anticipate reaching our
maximum field size again well in advance of the 2009 race.‰Û

 

To register for
the 2009 Boston Marathon, please visit the official Boston Marathon web site at http://www.bostonmarathon.org/

 

Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit
organization with a mission of managing athletic events and promoting a healthy
lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon is the
world’s oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events
and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs.
Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston
Marathon has been John Hancock Financial
Services.

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