Boston Marathon non-finishers invited back for 2014

By Evan Hilbert |

The Boston Athletic Association announced Thursday that it will invite runners who were unable to finish this last month's Boston Marathon back for the race in 2014.

Over 5,600 competitors were unable to complete the course due to the bombing near the finish line.

“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,” BAA executive director Tom Grilk said, according to the Boston Globe. “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.”

The BAA will face significant challenges in 2014, especially with regards to considering just how large the event can be. Typically, there are around 27,000 runners, but next year's marathon field could surpass that figure.

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