4,000 Sign Up for Boston Marathon on First Day of Registration
Pace is well ahead of registration for the 2013 race.
“We are running less than a couple of thousand ahead of year-to-year (2013-to-2014),” Boston Athletic Association spokesperson Jack Fleming told Runner’s World Newswire. “Better indicators will be on Wednesday when 10-minutes-and-faster qualifiers can submit their entry application, and of course on Friday when 5-minutes-and-faster qualifiers can submit their entry.”
Only runners who had met their qualifying standard by 20 or more minutes could register yesterday.
Fleming confirmed that 22,000 spots are available via the time-qualifier registration period that opened on Monday. If spots are still available on Monday, September 16, registration will open for all time qualifiers.
When time qualifiers submit their entry application, the B.A.A. verifies their qualifying mark. In theory, some of the 4,000 who signed up yesterday might be denied a number for the 2014 marathon because they submitted a mark that doesn’t meet the B.A.A.’s standard (e.g., run on an uncertified course, or run outside of the qualifying period for the 2014 marathon).
Newswire will continue to monitor the registration process and provide regular updates on how many of the 22,000 spots remain available.