20% of 8,000 runner field to be randomly selected from all submissions during registration on Wednesday and Thursday, July 16-17 - BOSTON - The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) will add a random selection component to the registration process for the 2014 B.A.A. Half Marathon® when entries are accepted next month.
The 14th B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund, will be held on Sunday, October 12 and will have a field size of 8,000 entrants. The race starts and finishes in Boston's Franklin Park at 8:30 a.m. and is New England's most popular 13.1 mile road race.
Registration will open on Wednesday, July 16 at 10:00 a.m. ET, and 3,000 entrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The remainder of the field will be filled through random selection of those applicants who submit an entry by Thursday, July 17 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Twenty percent of the overall field (1,600 entrants) will be chosen through random selection.
"In order to address fairly the increasingly growing demand for entry into the B.A.A. Half Marathon, we will introduce an industry-accepted process to our registration protocol," said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. "We have witnessed interest grow year after year from runners wanting to participate in the B.A.A. Half Marathon, and using random selection to fill part of the field recognizes that there are more runners who want to run this race than we can accommodate."