B.A.A. Extending Special Entries to Marathon



Important Information Regarding Submissions Requesting Invitational Entries by those impacted by the events of April 15, 2013


The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.),
organizer of the Boston Marathon®, will issue a limited number of
invitational entries for the 2014 Boston Marathon for those who were
most impacted by the events of April 15, 2013.


Those who have a special connection to the
events of April 15 and who would like to be considered for an
invitational entry, may submit a request to the B.A.A. Submissions will
be collected entirely online at
www.baa.org and must be
typed in 250 words or less. The B.A.A. will not accept photos, videos,
or other non-written material. Requests will be reviewed by a selection
committee appointed by the B.A.A. and decisions will be made
in the sole discretion of the B.A.A.


Submissions will be accepted between Monday,
November 18, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. ET and Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at
5:00 p.m. ET. Notifications and decisions will be issued on December 4.


The 118th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 21, 2014.


CRITERIA FOR SUBMISSION: Those who submit a request must meet the following selection criteria:


  • Personally and profoundly impacted by the events of April 15, 2013;
  • On-line submission of entry as discussed above.
  • Able
    to complete a 26.2 mile marathon within 6 hours and 30 minutes, as
    evidenced by some demonstration of athletic achievement, if requested by
    the B.A.A.;
  • 18 years of age by Monday, April 21, 2014.


The selection of applicants to receive these
entries rests exclusively with the Boston Athletic Association. 
Decisions of the B.A.A. in this selection process will be final.

RULES FOR ENTRY: Those who are accepted into the 2014 Boston Marathon must abide by the following selection criteria:


  • This invitational entry is valid only for the 2014 Boston Marathon;
  • The invitational entry must be used by
    the individual who submits the request, and entry may not be
    transferred to another person, another year, or another B.A.A. event;
  • The invitational entry fee of $325 USD is required.


Please note that neither a Boston Marathon
qualifying performance nor fundraising will be required for these
invitational entries.


The B.A.A., in cooperation with the Commonwealth
of Massachusetts and the eight cities and towns along the route, has
increased the field size for the 2014 Boston Marathon, and the B.A.A.
previously announced on Thursday, August 29 that
the field size for the 2014 Boston Marathon has been set at 36,000
official entrants, including the invitational entries selected by the
B.A.A. through the submissions solicited by this announcement.
Registration for qualified runners closed on Friday, September
20, 2013. 


‰ÛÏThe B.A.A. has created an opportunity and a
process for those who were most affected by the events of last April to
submit a request for entry into the 2014 Boston Marathon,‰Û said Tom
Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director.  ‰ÛÏNow, we are making
additional entries available by request to those who were personally
and profoundly impacted, and this is in addition to an allocation which
we have made to The One Fund community, first responders and Boston-area
hospitals which were involved.‰Û


Among the field size limits that the B.A.A.
employs for the safety of all, certain field size limitations apply to
athletes competing with disabilities.  As a result, if you are an
athlete who would compete with a disability–which includes
athletes in push rim or hand crank chairs, athletes whose mobility is
impaired in walking or running, athletes pushing another person in a
wheelchair, and others– we ask you to contact us at
in advance of submitting your request so that we may determine the
extent to which space remains available.  This is, as noted above, a
rule designed to help assure the safety
of all of the tens of thousands of athletes in the field.


For more information on registration for the 2014 Boston Marathon, please

click here



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.‰Ûªs
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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