Boston Marathon completes qualifying field

Published On September 26, 2013 | By Alice Cook

It was kind of like a high school senior waiting for that fat envelope to come in the mail with an acceptance letter to their top college choice.

On Wednesday 22,679 Boston Marathon applicants received an email that they were ‘in.’   2,976 runners were rejected.  Runners needed to post a finish time 1 minute and 38 seconds faster than their age and gender to qualify.

The recent qualifiers will joining the group of 4,615 runners unable to finish the 2013 Boston Marathon.  Also qualifying are the 402 runners who have an active streak of crossing the finish line on Boylston Street 10 or more times.

This brings the total of qualifying runners for the 2014 Boston Marathon to 27,696.  This number represent 77% of the field.  Still to come are 8,300 spots that will be filled by charity runners and special invitations.

The total field for next year’s race of official qualifiers is 36,000.

This does not include the “bandits” who will run without numbers- which could be record breaking.

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is a veteran television sports reporter and Olympian. Her experience includes 25 years of sports reporting for WBZ-TV, the CBS and former NBC affiliate in Boston. Cook has worked for ESPN, Turner Sports, and WTBS. Cook is a feature writer for She’s Game Sports and Boston.com. She is also President and Founder of She’s Game Sports LLC.