In an astounding twist of events, the 2024 Boston Marathon is witnessing an exceptional surge in interest, smashing previous records for participant applications. Recently, the Boston Marathon Association (B.A.A) disclosed that out of a staggering 33,058 entries received, an impressive 22,019 determined athletes have successfully secured their positions in the highly anticipated race.
Impressive Qualification Standards
This year’s selection process stands out due to the extraordinary pace demanded of applicants. To secure their coveted invitations, runners had to achieve times that surpassed the established qualifying standards for their respective age categories by an impressive five minutes and 29 seconds. This rigorous qualification criterion has left more than 11,000 individuals, who had met the qualifying standards within their age groups, disappointed as they were unable to earn a spot in this prestigious event.
For instance, male and female runners aged 18-34 had to achieve remarkable times of 2 hours, 54 minutes, and 31 seconds, and 3 hours, 24 minutes, and 31 seconds, respectively, to gain entry into the marathon.
A noteworthy aspect of this year’s participant list is the inclusion of all runners who held valid times in the 2022 and 2023 editions. This underscores the event’s commitment to recognizing consistent performance and dedication.
Running with Purpose
While 22,019 runners have successfully secured their positions through conventional qualification, approximately 8,000 individuals will be participating in the race for charitable causes. This charitable dimension is expected to boost the total number of participants to an impressive 30,000, solidifying the event’s reputation as one of the largest and most prestigious marathons on the global stage.
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The remarkable demand for the 2024 Boston Marathon underscores the enduring enthusiasm of the running community and the undeniable allure of this iconic race. Previous participation figures leading up to the unfortunate cancellation in 2020 highlighted its consistent popularity, with numbers reaching 30,251 in 2015, 30,741 in 2016, 30,074 in 2017, 30,088 in 2018, and 30,234 in 2019.
Remarkably, the age range of participants spans from 18 to 82, showcasing the event’s inclusivity and the diverse age groups it caters to.
A Message from the CEO
Jack Fleming, President and CEO of the B.A.A, expressed his admiration for the dedication of all the participants, stating, “Just four years after we adjusted the race’s qualifying criteria by five minutes across all ages and divisions, over 33,000 athletes achieved Boston Marathon qualifying times. While we cannot accommodate every applicant, we commend and recognize the numerous athletes who marked the 128th Boston Marathon as their goal race, demonstrating unwavering commitment. Boston Marathon qualifiers are renowned for their relentless pursuit of their goals and personal bests.”
As the excitement builds for the 2024 Boston Marathon, the running world eagerly anticipates the remarkable achievements and inspiring stories that are sure to emerge from this historic event.