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Plans in offing for larger Boston Marathon field

Police say 9,000 more runners may be added

In the distance running community, the 2014 Boston Marathon represents an opportunity for runners to show solidarity and resiliency after two bombs on Boylston Street in April forever changed the event. The terrorist attack has dramatically increased interest in entering the historic 26.2-mile race. And it seems every fast amateur marathoner wants to qualify for a spot on the Hopkinton starting line next April.

What will it take to qualify for the 2014 Boston Marathon? That remains a great unknown for runners anxiously awaiting registration and field size details from the Boston Athletic Association. Field size will go a long way toward determining how fast qualifiers must run to gain entry into the race.

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