"Elites were running where they could get paid -- which was anywhere but Boston -- and the masses had an increasing number of options. Pittsburgh launched a May marathon in 1985 with $120,000 in prize money, while overseas, London was in the midst of a steady climb toward 20,000 runners. Chicago eclipsed 10,000 entrants for the first time in 1986 -- and threatened to move to the spring. In Boston, entries shrank from 6,924 in 1984 to 4,904 in 1986."
IN 1986, London had 20,000 entrants.
Chicago had over 10,000.
Boston had 7,000 in 1984.
"The Centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 established a record as the world's largest marathon with 38,708 entrants, 36,748 starters, and 35,868 finishers."
In 1996, Boston had 36,000 finishers.....
Ummm, I think you could say everyone was running marathons back then....
I can guarantee that 100% of you are just morons.