Petitioners ask Boston Marathon to let them finish in '14

Petitioners ask Boston Marathon to let them finish in '14
Lizzie Lee of Lynnwood, Wash., pauses near the finish line of the Boston Marathon explosions, which killed at least three and injured more than 140, Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Boston. Lee said she almost completed the marathon before the blasts. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
BOSTON (AP) — Runners who couldn't complete this year's Boston Marathon because of the bombs at the finish line have created an online petition asking organizers to let them into next year's race.

The petition at change.org had almost 20,000 signatures late Thursday morning.

About 5,700 people were stopped on the course because of the explosions that killed three people and wounded hundreds more on Boylston Street on April 15. Ryan Polly of Vermont was approaching the 35K checkpoint when the bombs went off.

He started the petition, which asks for runners like him to be allowed to register in the 2014 race.

Boston Athletic Association officials say they can't make decisions about an expanded field before discussing it with the eight cities and towns along the course.