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Boston Marathon History: Participation

Participation and Growth of the Field

YEAR-BY-YEAR ENTRANTS

YearEntrants      YearEntrants      YearEntrants
1897 18 1942 144 1987 6,399
1898 24 1943 113 1988 6,758
1899 17 1944 80 1989 6,458
1900 36 1945 90 1990 9,412
1901 42 1946 116 1991 8,686
1902 50 1947 184 1992 9,629
1903 69 1948 193 1993 8,930
1904 94 1949 187 1994 9,059
1905 84 1950 167 1995 9,416
1906 105 1951 191 1996 38,708
1907 126 1952 198 1997 10,471
1908 147 1953 198 1998 11,499
1909 182 1954 176 1999 12,797
1910 169 1955 210 2000 17,813
1911 142 1956 211 2001 15,606
1912 131 1957 180 2002 16,939
1913 82 1958 203 2003 20,223
1914 83 1959 198 2004 20,344
1915 78 1960 197 2005 20,453
1916 70 1961 231 2006 22,473
1917 70 1962 232 2007 23,869
1918 Relay* 1963 285 2008 25,283
1919 48 1964 403 2009 26,331
1920 76 1965 447 2010 26,790
1921 77 1966 540 2011 26,907
1922 78 1967 741 2012 26,655
1923 78 1968 1,014 2013 26,914
1924 147 1969 1,342 2014 35,755
1925 121 1970 1,174 2015 30,333
1926 112 1971 1,067
1927 195 1972 1,219
1928 285 1973 1,574
1929 215 1974 1,951
1930 218 1975 2,395
1931 228 1976 2,188
1932 261 1977 3,040
1933 253 1978 4,764
1934 239 1979 7,927
1935 212 1980 5,417
1936 215 1981 6,881
1937 195 1982 7,647
1938 209 1983 6,674
1939 215 1984 6,924
1940 195 1985 5,594
1941 156 1986 4,904


* Due to United States involvement in World War I, a military relay race was held in 1918

GROWTH OF THE FIELD

Year(E) TOTAL**(E) MEN(E) WOMEN(F) TOTAL***(F) MEN(F) WOMEN
1972 1,219 1,210 9 n/a n/a 8
1973 1,574 1,562 12 n/a n/a 6
1974 1,951 1,905 46 n/a n/a 19
1975 2,365 2,313 52 1,848 1,820 28
1976 2,188 2,110 78 1,161 1,133 28
1977 3,040 2,899 141 2,329 2,227 102
1978 4,764 4,537 227 4,071 3,885 186
1979 7,927 7,400 527 5,958 5,662 296
1980 5,471 5,015 456 3,665 3,428 237
1981 6,881 6,203 678 5,590 5,074 516
1982 7,647 6,780 867 5,046 4,562 484
1983 6,674 5,949 725 5,388 4,833 555
1984 6,924 6,086 838 5,290 4,708 582
1985 5,595 4,894 701 3,931 3,472 459
1986 4,904 4,262 642 3,750 3,294 456
1987 6,399 5,406 993 5,369 4,576 793
1988 6,758 5,665 1,093 5,261 4,472 789
1989 6,458 5,320 1,138 5,104 4,239 865
1990 9,412 7,669 1,743 7,950 6,516 1,434
1991 8,686 7,124 1,562 7,642 6,291 1,351
1992 9,629 7,736 1,893 8,123 6,562 1,561
1993 8,930 7,069 1,861 7,517 6,013 1,504
1994 9,059 7,047 2,012 8,093 6,353 1,740
1995 9,416 7,241 2,175 8,258 6,409 1,849
1996 38,708 29,469 9,239 35,868 27,371 8,497
1997 10,471 7,473 2,998 8,891 6,414 2,477
1998 11,499 7,950 3,549 10,293 7,149 3,144
1999 12,797 8,507 4,290 11,274 7,511 3,763
2000 17,813 11,442 6,371 15,668 10,199 5,469
2001 15,606 9,895 5,711 13,408 8,594 4,814
2002 16,936 10,590 6,346 14,573 9,234 5,339
2003 20,223 12,626 7,597 17,030 10,728 6,302
2004 20,344 12,647 7,697 16,733 10,496 6,237
2005 20,405 12,504 7,901 17,528 10,884 6,644
2006 22,473 13,630 8,843 19,682 12,061 7,621
2007 23,869 14,344 9,525 20,339 12,365 7,974
2008 25,283 14,844 10,439 21,948 13,019 8,929
2009 26,331 15,397 10,934 22,843 13,545 9,298
2010 26,790 15,462 11,328 22,721 13,161 9,560
2011 26,964 15,445 11,462 23,913 13,839 10,074
2012 26,655 15,503 11,152 21,616 12,621 8,995
2013 26,839 15,233 11,606 17,600* 10,649 6,951
2014 35,671 19,572 16,092 31,926 17,582 14,344
2015 30,251 16,500 13,751 26,598 14,580 12,018
Total 599,799 402,442 197,300 501,796 337,531 164,298


*5,633 runners were stopped on the course due to the events that occurred at the finish line.These runners were given projected finish times.
**Entrant Total is since 1972, the first year of official participation by women.
***Finisher Total is since 1975

E = Entrants
F = Finishers
Bold = Boston record

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