BOSTON — The Boston Athletic Association says it will accept 30,000 entrants for next year's Boston Marathon, the third largest field in the race's 119 year history.
The marathon had more than 38,700 entrants for the centennial run in 1996, and 36,000 this year, the first race since two pressure cooker bombs placed at the finish line killed three people and injured more than 260 in 2013.
From 2009 to 2013, the field size was 27,000.
The BAA, which runs the marathon, announced Thursday it will use the same process to register qualified runners as it has used the last three years, allowing the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group to register first. Registration starts online only Sept. 8.
Next year's race is scheduled for April 20.
Online: Boston Athletic Association, http://www.baa.org