"More so than ever before, we got the word out because the race has closed out earlier and earlier in the last few years," said race director Dave McGillivray. "There are more people running these days, more people qualifying and a greater inventory of people who want to run Boston. As a result of all that, there was a sense of urgency that hasn’t existed before. Because of that sense of urgency, I got so many emails from so many people relieved that they got in."
If you are an Ironman amateur triathlete the notion that races sell out in hours probably seems par for the course, but for many runners the quick sell out of the country's oldest marathon must come as an unpleasant shock.
"The 115th Boston Marathon will be held on April 18. Last year, there were 26,790 entries, 23,177 starters and 22,721 finishers. Officials estimated they'd have the same amount of entries in the 2011 race.
Earlier in the day, BAA officials sensed there would be a rapid sellout of available spots in the race because of a high volume of traffic to the BAA's web site where registration was conducted. A minor technical issue was resolved, and by noon more than 12,000 had signed up for the event."