Fighting Terror to a Draw

The question that’s been on the mind of almost every runner since April 15 – how big will the 2014 Boston Marathon be – was answered last week when the organizing Boston Athletic Association announced the field size and registration process for the race. When registration opens September 9, the field size – 36,000 runners – will be the biggest in the history of the marathon since its 100th running in 1996, when 38,708 entered to make the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Back Bay.

Of course, much has changed since then, some good, like improvements in the transportation and staging of runners that has allowed the event to grow to nearly 24,000 participants in the recent past, and some bad, most notably the once unthinkable possibility, tragically realized last Patriots Day, that a running event could be the target of the terrorism that now seems to hover over most aspects of daily life, from airplane travel to making a day trip to Montreal or Tijuana. Continue reading