Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Sign Up For 2009 Boston Marathon Begins Wednesday

Sign Up For 2009 Boston Marathon Begins Wednesday

BOSTON (WBZ) ― It's the time many runners have been waiting for. Online registration for the 113th Boston Marathon begins on Wednesday at 9 a.m.
The Boston Athletic Association has set a maximum field size of 25,000 runners for next year's race, which will be held on April, 20, 2009. Entries will be accepted until the limit is reached.

Applicants must meet certain time standards for their age group on or after September 29, 2007 to qualify for a marathon number. You can find the qualifying standards on the B.A.A. Web site.

The 2009 Boston Marathon will have a two-wave start again. The first wave of runners will start at 10 a.m. and the second wave will start 30 minutes later. Wave one runners had a qualifying time faster than 3:35 in last year's race.

Runners can also get numbers through several charities. In 2008, more than 1,200 runners represented the Charity Program's 24 organizations, combining to raise more than $11 million, according to the B.A.A.


Boston Half-Marathon Registration About To Begin

BOSTON (WBZ) ― Registration for the eighth annual Boston Half-Marathon will begin this week.

Runners can begin signing up Wednesday July 16 at 9:00 a.m. by going to www.baa.org

You can register online or download a PDF of the application.

The registration fee is $54 and the field will be limited to just 5,000 runners.

This year's race will be held at 8 a.m. Sunday, October 12, which is Columbus Day weekend.

It will follow the same course through the Emerald Necklace parks and begin and end at Roberto Clemente Field.

There is a $30,000 prize purse for professional runners.

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