9 Aug

Numbers Boost For Boston

Boston Marathon

Organisers of the Boston Marathon have confirmed that they are in talks to expand the field for next year's event. With a current entry limit of 27,000, it has been suggested that 9,000 additional places could be made available for 2014.

On their Facebook page earlier this week, the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) stated: "We are hopeful that we'll be able to expand beyond the 27,000 runner limit of previous years for what will be a special event in 2014, but we have not committed to a certain number as of today."

BAA's announcement arrived shortly after Boston Police Commissioner, Ed Davis, made the following claim: "There's also going to be an increase in the number of runners. We have 9,000 more runners that are going to be in the field."

In May, the BAA confirmed that the 5,633 entrants who were unable to finish last year's race because of the bombings would be allocated guaranteed entry into the 2014 marathon. The BAA didn't stipulate whether these entrants would be considered as additional to the regular field.

Next year's race is organised for Monday 21 April, which is Patriots Day in Massachusetts. Information on registration and qualifying standards for the event is available on their website.