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B.A.A. Extends Marathon Invite to Those Stopped on 4-15

B.A.A. Issues Special Invitation To 2013 Boston Marathon Starters
Who Did Not Cross Boylston Street
Finish Line

 

BOSTON – The B.A.A., organizer of the Boston
Marathon, is issuing an invitation to participate in the 2014 Boston Marathon
to official entrants in the 2013 Boston Marathon who were unable to cross the Boylston Street
finish line. More than 5000 official starters were affected on Monday, April 15
at the 117th Boston Marathon when the race was stopped at 2:50 p.m. ET.

 

“The opportunity to run down Boylston Street and to cross the finish
line amid thousands of spectators is a significant part of the entire Boston
Marathon experience,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A.
Executive Director. “With the opportunity to return and participate in
2014, we look forward to inviting back these athletes and we expect that most
will renew their marathon training commitment. Boston spectators are known for their impassioned
support and unbridled enthusiasm, and they will give these returning athletes
some of the loudest cheers at next year’s race. We want to thank our
participants for their patience as we continue to work through the details of
arranging this accommodation for them, and we ask for continued patience from
the running community as we plan the 2014 Boston Marathon next April.”

 

To be eligible, a 2013 Boston Marathon participant must have
been an official entrant who started the race and who reached the half marathon
mark in this year’s race on Monday, April 15. Registration for the 2014 Boston
Marathon is scheduled to occur in September, and 2013 Boston Marathon
participants who were unable to cross the finish line on Boylston Street will receive a non-transferable
unique code in early August to be used for entry. An applicant’s entry will be
guaranteed only during a designated registration period. Participants will be
required to pay an entry fee, which has yet to be determined.

 

The B.A.A. has communicated by email to the participants in
this year’s race who are eligible. Among the 5633 in this group are 2611 from Massachusetts and 726
who are international. In total, residents of 54 states and 47 countries are
among this group. Also, the group is comprised of 2983 women and 2650 men and
ages range from 18 to 82.

 

No decision has been made on the maximum field size for the
2014 Boston Marathon, including the number of qualifiers and invitational
applications available. The B.A.A. will work with many partners, including
public safety officials, before determining changes, if necessary, to the event
and the race.

 

 

About the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.)

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. The Boston Marathon is part of the World Marathon
Majors,
along with the international marathons in Tokyo,
London, Berlin,
Chicago, and New York City. Nearly 50,000 runners will
participate in B.A.A. events in 2013. The 118th Boston
Marathon will be held on Monday, April 21,
2014. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org.

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