Approximately 6,000 runners submitted their entry for the 2014 Boston Marathon on Wednesday, bringing to 10,500 the total of time qualifiers who have done so since registration for time qualifiers opened on Monday.
The Boston Athletic Association has said that roughly 22,000 spots in the 36,000-runner field have been allotted to this open registration period for time qualifiers.
On Wednesday, registration became available for runners who have met their qualifying standard by 10 or more minutes. Registration opened Monday for runners who have met their standard by 20 or more minutes. In the two days that registration was open only to those fastest qualifiers, approximately 4,500 runners signed up, B.A.A. spokesperson Jack Fleming told Runner’s World Newswire.
Registration opens Friday for runners who have met their standard by 5 or more minutes. If spots for time qualifiers are still available on Monday, September 16, registration will be open for all time qualifiers, with the fastest qualifiers given priority.
If registration remains open on September 23, time qualifiers’ entries will be processed in the order they’re received, regardless of how far under the qualifying standard a given marathoner has run.
The pace of registration for time qualifiers is well ahead of the registration that happened in the fall of 2012 for the 2013 marathon. Last fall, approximately 2,300 runners signed up on the first day of registration. After registration had been open for time qualifiers for two weeks, roughly 2,500 of the 21,600 time-qualifier spots for the 2013 race remained. Last fall, the time-qualifier field wasn’t filled until after the first weekend of October.
Fleming said that errant attempts at registering (i.e., submitting an entry without the necessary qualifier) has not historically been a problem during time-qualifier registration, and that there’s no indication there are more such errant registrations this year.
The registration that opened on Monday accounts for 22,000 of those approximately 25,200 spots.
The remaining 3,000+ time-qualifier spots come from several sources, Fleming said. Runners who were prevented from finishing this year’s marathon because of the finish-line bombings were offered guaranteed entry between August 19 and 29. Of the 4,700+ runners who registered then, approximately 40% count toward the 2014 time-qualifier allotment, Fleming said. These runners’ qualifiers are from official qualifying races, including the qualifier used to enter the 2013 marathon, Fleming said, and not from the projected finishing time that the B.A.A. provided to runners who were prevented from finishing the 2013 marathon.
The remaining time qualifiers include runners “who were given a pre-registration opportunity because they have run 10 or more Boston Marathons consecutively and who are current qualifiers, qualifiers from the charities, international tours, as well as elite/invited/professional athletes, including top age-groupers,” Fleming said.
Source: Runner’s World by Scott Douglass