Less than a month after the Boston Marathon bombings, runners are anxious to know how the Boston Athletic Association will deal with the 5,752 participants who didn’t finish this year’s race. BAA officials and race director Dave McGillivray have been deluged with suggestions from the running community and they continue to weigh their options. The latest and perhaps most public suggestion appears on petition platform Change.org.
On the website, Ryan Polly of Williston, Vt., one of the marathoners unable to finish April 15, asks that the BAA grant the runners stopped on the course entry into the 2014 race. He makes it clear the petition is “not asking for a free spot,” but simply a guaranteed bib number, with the runners paying the requisite entry fee.