Update To Open Process For 2014 Boston Marathon

Contact Info:
Marc Davis (Communications Manager)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
05 DEC 2013

The Boston Athletic Association, organizer of the Boston Marathon®, has issued a limited number of invitational entries for the 2014 Boston Marathon for those who were deeply impacted by the events of April 15, 2013.  The B.A.A. thanks all who submitted a request to participate in the 2014 Boston Marathon.

Notifications have been sent both to those who have been accepted and to those who were not accepted.

Due to the large number of submissions received, not all who submitted a request were able to be granted access to run in next year's race. Many who submitted a request provided thoughtful and compelling accounts of their experiences last April. A committee from the B.A.A. needed to make many difficult decisions during its review.

The B.A.A. understands how deeply people feel about their reactions to what happened last April, and it appreciates the requests and show of support and strength that has been displayed by so many following last Spring's Boston Marathon. That strength is something that we will continue to honor in the months ahead.
Our process in no way ignores or diminishes the very real and significant impact suffered by so many.

Those who accept the invitational entry into the 2014 Boston Marathon must abide by the following criteria:

  • The invitational entry is valid only for the 2014 Boston Marathon
  • The invitational entry must be used by the individual who submitted the request, and the entry may not be transferred to another person, another year, or another B.A.A. event
  • The invitational entry fee is required.

The Boston Athletic Association

B.A.A. Moment 2

1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.