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Boston Marathon History: Participation

Growth and Development

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 20,473
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 21,616
1923 78 1968 1,014 2013 17,600**
1924 147 1969 1,342 2014 35,755
1925 121 1970 1,174
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

** 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.

B.A.A. Moment 5

1977 - Bob Hall Becomes the First Person to Complete the Race in a Wheelchair

Shown here in 1977, Bob Hall pioneered the division when he became the first person to complete the race in a wheelchair in 1975, making good on his promise to finish in under three hours.