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Boston Marathon adds 9,000 runners to 2014 field

Boston Marathon

Joe Briseno, of Springfield Ill., leads a group of the approximately 35 runners from the 2013 Boston Marathon, that were unable to finish the race due to the tragic bombings, to complete the distance by crossing finish line at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before the start of the 97th Indianapolis 500 auto race. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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The 2014 Boston Marathon field is set to be the second largest in the history of the world’s oldest marathon.

The 118th edition of the Boston Marathon will include room for about 5,000 runners who did not have the opportunity to cross the finish line this year due to bombings on April 15. In total, the field is set at 36,000, more than this year’s 27,000 and second only to the Centennial Boston Marathon in 1996, which had 38,708 entrants.

Registration will open Sept. 9 for the fastest qualifiers, the Boston Athletic Association said Thursday.

““We understand many marathoners and qualifiers want to run Boston in 2014, and we appreciate the support and patience that the running community has demonstrated because of the bombings that occurred this past Spring,” executive director Tom Grilk said in a statement.

A special registration was held from Aug. 19 through Thursday for the 5,624 runners who reached the half marathon checkpoint April 15 but did not finish due to two bombs going off near the finish.

The BAA contacted all 5,624, and more than 4,500 entries were received.

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