Boston Marathon adds entries for those most affected by bombings

The Boston Marathon will issue a limited number of invitational entries for the 2014 race for those who were most impacted by the bombings at this year's marathon, the Boston Athletic Association announced today.

B.A.A. spokesman Jack Fleming told Runner's World US Newswire that "up to a few hundred" such entries would be accepted for next year's marathon, which will be run on April 21st.

The entries will be given to people who were "personally and profoundly impacted by the events of April 15, 2013," the B.A.A. said. Requests for the entries will be accepted only on the B.A.A.'s site, via written applications of no more than 250 words. The requests will be reviewed by a selection committee appointed by the B.A.A.

Submissions will be accepted until 5 pm EST on Wednesday 27th November. Notifications and decisions will be issued on December 4th.

Applicants must demonstrate that they can finish a marathon within 6 hours and 30 minutes. Those accepted will pay a $325 entry fee.