B.A.A. Allows Runners To Defer To 2013

With race-day temperatures forecast to be in the 80's the B.A.A. is taking precautions to ensure runners' safety, including allowing them to defer entry to next year's race. Photo: PhotoRun.net

The finish line will also remain open an hour later on Monday. 

With race day temperatures forecasted to be in the 80′s, the Boston Athletic Association made two major announcements this morning concerning Monday’s race.

First, any registered runners–whether qualified, running for charity or otherwise on a waiver–can defer their entry to next year’s race.

“Due to the unusually warm weather conditions forecast for the Boston area on Monday, the BAA will defer the entry of those official entrants to the 2013 Boston Marathon for participants who decide not to race,” the B.A.A. said through a statement. “This applies to official entrants only, and official entrants must claim their bib number packets at the John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo through Sunday evening at the Seaport World Trade Center in South Boston.”

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Participants who choose to defer their entry to next year may not start the race, according to the B.A.A. Also, for runners choosing to defer their entry to 2013, refunds for this year’s race will not be given. Further, all entry fees for next year’s race also apply to any runners who wish to take advantage of the deferment option this year.

Lastly, the B.A.A. also announced today that they will keep the finish line area for Monday’s race open for an additional hour, closing it at 6 p.m.

For More: BAA.org

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