BOSTON (AP) — The first Boston Marathon since two explosions at the finish line last year killed three people is more than two months way, but hotels in and around the city already are almost full.
About 36,000 runners are expected to compete in the April 21 race, 9,000 more than last year. That includes about 4,500 who couldn't finish last year.
Interest from, families, fans and the media also is expected to be high, putting additional strain on hotels.
The president of the Massachusetts Lodging Association tells The Boston Globe that Boston and Cambridge hotels are completely booked. Hotels outside the cities are filling fast.
A spokeswoman for Marriott says most of the 3,700 rooms at the company's eight Boston-area hotels are gone.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com