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Boston Marathon opening registration for up to 20,000 runners in October

The BAA announced today it's set the size of the planned Oct. 11 marathon at 20,000 runners.

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The virtual marathon will take place over race weekend October 8–10, and will be open to the first 70,000 registrants.

It's like someone got the idea to NFT the Boston Marathon.

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Magoo is so eggcited that Magoo just dropped two eggs Magoo was carrying from Magoo’s chicken coop. Magoo is now so sad. Magoo.

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Shouldn't have put them all in one basket. Duh.

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I'm sitting on a BQ-3:50 (?, I've forgotten) from NYC and probably not getting in, although lord knows how many people will travel for the race; qualifiers are 85% from out-of-state. (The fun trivia is that Boston is the only large marathon where people from Massachusetts, on the whole, aren't the fastest finishers.)

So, who the heck knows.

I'm not really sure what the smaller field size gets Boston. I guess it makes transportation logistics a bit easier, and cuts down a bit on spectators, and keeps people interested for April 2022.

It would be a nice bone for the BAA to throw to local runners to say "anyone from Massachusetts with a qualifying time gets in" but maybe that's me being selfish.

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