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May 17, 2013

Boston Marathon invites stopped runners back

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“I don’t feel entitled to this in the least,” wrote Maggie Lapan. “But thank you BAA.”

The B.A.A. said it has contacted those affected, a group that includes 2,611 runners from Massachusetts and 726 from 47 countries. There are 2,983 women and 2,650 men, aged 18 to 82.

“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,” Grilk said in the release, which added that no decision has been made on whether the 2014 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.

“We want to thank our participants for their patience as we continue to work through the details of arranging this accommodation for them,” Grilk said. “And we ask for continued patience from the running community as we plan the 2014 Boston Marathon next April.”

The B.A.A. has granted limited deferrals in the past, including one for European runners who couldn’t get to town because of the Icelandic volcano eruption in 2010. Last year, with forecasts of dangerous heat, organizers allowed everyone a chance to defer their entry to this year’s race; a few hundred took advantage of the offer.

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