The field will be the third-largest in the 119-year history of the event.
The Boston Athletic Association announced today that it has set a field size of 30,000 entrants for the 2015 Boston Marathon.
Registration for the event will open at 10 a.m. ET on Sept. 8. The race will take place on April 20, 2015.
The field size is a decline from the 2014 race, which had 36,000 entrants. From 2009 to 2013, the field size stood at 27,000.
“The B.A.A. worked with many partners for more than a year to reclaim the joy and celebration of Patriots’ Day at the 2014 Boston Marathon,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. “As we look forward to 2015, our goal is to accommodate as many participants as possible in the Boston Marathon, while maintaining the exceptional race experience and unique characteristics that make this event special. Our field size limit allows us to meet that goal, and our registration process recognizes the commitment needed to qualify and gain entry into the Boston Marathon.”
Registration, which is entirely online at baa.org, will occur on a “rolling admission” schedule, beginning with the fastest qualifiers. Those who have met the qualifying standard for their age and gender by at least 20 minutes will be able to register on Sept. 8. Those who have met the qualifying standard by at least 10 minutes will be able to register starting Sept. 10. Those qualifying by at least 5 minutes can register starting Sept. 12.
If space remains after that, all qualifiers will be able to register Sept. 15-17, with the fastest qualifiers given priority. If space remains after Sept. 17, then all qualifiers can register starting Sept. 22 on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Registration fee for the 2015 Boston Marathon will be $175 for United States residents and $225 for international residents.
The 30,000-runner field will be the third-largest in the race’s 119-year history, after 1996 and 2014.