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Runners that Didn’t Finish 2013 Boston Marathon Invited to Run in 2014

(Image Courtesy: MGN Online / Boston Athletic Assoc.)

(Image Courtesy: MGN Online / Boston Athletic Assoc.)

BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB/AP) — Those who didn’t get a chance to finish this year’s Boston Marathon because of the bombings are being invited to finish what they started.

The Boston Athletic Association says that 5,633 people who had passed the halfway mark of the 2013 race, but didn’t finish before it was stopped, have been offered an invitation to compete in the 2014 Boston Marathon.

In a statement, B.A.A. Executive Director Tom Grilk says, “The opportunity to run down Boylston Street and to cross the finish line amid thousands of spectators is a significant part of the entire Boston Marathon experience With the opportunity to return and participate in 2014, we look forward to inviting back these athletes and we expect that most will renew their marathon training commitment. Boston spectators are known for their impassioned support and unbridled enthusiasm, and they will give these returning athletes some of the loudest cheers at next year’s race.”

Eligible runners will receive communication from the B.A.A. by email, with a code they can use to sign up in August.

Regular registration for the 2014 Boston Marathon is scheduled to start in September.

No decision has been made on whether the field will expand to include an expected influx of runners who say they want to run next year to support the race and the city.

Information from Jimmy Golen at the Associated Press was used in this report.

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