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51 Athletes (Listed) Looking to Extend Streak at BAA Half

Eighth
annual event, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, to
be held on Sunday, October 12

 

Boston,
Mass. ‰ÛÒ Of the record 5,093 runners to
have registered for the B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer
Institute and the Jimmy Fund, this coming Sunday, 51 of them have been a part of
the event since the inaugural edition in 2001. Each of these 51 will be looking
to complete the race for the eighth consecutive year.

 

The
group spans the ages of 31 to 64 and consists of 13 women and 38 men with
personal bests on the B.A.A. Half Marathon course ranging from 1:10:56 to
2:36:40. They will be traveling to Boston from
around Massachusetts, as well as New Jersey, Louisiana,
California, and even Oxford, England.

 

The
fastest member of the group in 2007 was Bobby Bligh (Wakefield, MA), who placed third in the masters’ division
with a time of 1:17:10. The fastest woman last year was Patrycja Missiuro
(Somerville, MA) who finished in
1:39:15.

 

Among
the 51 streakers are three past champions. Wayne Levy (Waban, MA) won the
inaugural B.A.A. Half Marathon in 1:10:56, the
fastest time posted by any of the streakers. Sarah Nixon (Medfield, MA) won both the inaugural B.A.A. Half and the
second edition, with times of 1:21:14 and 1:22:32. Nixon is not the only
two-time champion on this list. Timothy Kelly (Weymouth, MA) won the
first two B.A.A. Half Marathon wheelchair
titles, and has consistently been a top finisher in that division, most recently
placing third in 2007. Kelly’s personal best of 58:41 came in
2004.

 

Hal
Goforth (El Cajon,
CA) holds two distinctions: At 64
he is the oldest athlete on the list, and he also has an active streak of 31
consecutive Boston Marathon finishes. His best finish at the B.A.A. Half is
1:24:46, in 2002. He completed last year’s race in 1:30:29, the fastest time
posted by a man in the 60-69 age group.

 

The
B.A.A. Half Marathon starts and finishes at Roberto Clemente Field, in Boston’s Back Bay
neighborhood. The 13.1-mile route shows off Boston’s Emerald Necklace park system, starting in the
Fenway area, and covering Riverway, Jamaicaway, and Arborway on the out-and-back
route to Franklin Park and the Franklin Park
Zoo. A portion of each participant’s entry fee is donated to the Emerald
Necklace Conservancy and is directed toward the enhancement and maintenance of
the park system.

 

The
athletes hoping to extend their streaks on October 12 are:

 

Men                           
Hometown                            
Best Time

Chris
Anderson          
Jamaica Plain, MA                 
1:43:52 (2006)

Bobby
Bligh                
Wakefield, MA                        
1:14:48 (2001)

Peter
Cohn                 
South Walpole, MA                
1:36:12 (2001)

John
Degnan              
Jamaica Plain, MA                 
1:46:44 (2004)

Jack
Dresser             
Wayland, MA                          
1:35:27 (2004)

David
Driscoll             
Peabody, MA                          
2:36:40 (2002)

Jeffrey
Ecker              
Newton,
MA                            
1:40:24 (2003)

Andrew
Fuller             
Boston,
MA                             
1:30:56 (2007)

Robert
Gaudet           
West Roxbury, MA                 
1:50:20 (2003)

Hal
Goforth, Jr.           
El Cajon, CA                          
1:24:46 (2002)

Larry
Hanson             
Georgetown, MA                    
1:53:26 (2004)

Philip
Harrington         
Brookline, MA                         
1:44:46 (2006)

Eric
Kelly                    
Milton, MA                               
1:48:46 (2004)

Douglas
King             
Abington, MA                          
1:50:22 (2001)

Michael
Leonard         
Quincy, MA                             
1:56:36 (2005)

Wayne
Levy               
Waban, MA                            
1:10:56 (2001)

Eduardo
Lopez          
Oxford,
GBR                          
1:36:18 (2002)

Mike
Mason                
Peabody, MA                          
1:28:19 (2004)

Jonathan
McIntyre      
Arlington, MA                          
1:23:59 (2001)

Michael
Mellone          
Hull,
MA                                  
1:46:19 (2001)

John
Monahan, Jr.      
Newton,
MA                            
1:33:42 (2004)

Mark
Monti                  
Cambridge, MA                      
1:53:09 (2001)

Michael
Mullen Natick, MA                              
1:26:54 (2004)

Michael
Murphy          
Saugus,
MA                            
1:38:05 (2006)

Steve
Murray              
Milton, MA                               
1:31:52 (2006)

Joseph
Palladino        
Boston,
MA                             
2:07:37 (2001)

Bob
Pomeroy             
Arlington, MA                          
1:29:41 (2006)

Ronald
Rakow                       
West Roxbury, MA                 
1:40:36 (2006)

Michael
Reardon        
Needham,
MA                        
1:40:37 (2002)

Ken
Ross                   
Boston,
MA                             
1:23:31 (2004)

John
Singleton           
Waltham,
MA                         
1:34:44 (2004)

Philip
Smith                
Cape May, NJ                         
1:59:41 (2001)

Jeff
Teumer                
Brookline, MA                         
1:47:03 (2004)

Christopher
Wagner   Allston, MA                             
1:53:34 (2003)

Robert
Walter            
Shreveport, LA                       
1:40:20 (2003)

John
Wermers                       
Dorchester, MA                      
2:01:15 (2005)

Michael
Wessels       
Brookline, MA                         
1:27:40 (2004)

 

Women                      
Hometown                            
Best Time

Beth
Ann Brown         
Quincy, MA                             
1:47:43 (2006)

Judy
Callahan            
Stoughton, MA            
2:03:13 (2005)

Barbara
Cleary           
Brookline, MA                         
1:44:32 (2004)

Barbara
Connolly       
Wellesley, MA                        
1:46:33 (2001)

Maria
David                
Malden,
MA                             
1:43:01 (2003)

Donna
Dominguez     
Sterling,
MA                            
2:06:40 (2004)

Carolyn
Harthun         
Wellesley, MA                        
1:47:43 (2005)

Kate
Maul                   
Boston,
MA                             
1:42:16 (2006)

Patrycja
Missiuro       
Somerville,
MA                       
1:32:43 (2004)

Terri
Murray                
Milton, MA                               
1:47:52 (2007)

Sarah
Nixon               
Medfield, MA                           
1:21:14 (2001)

Mae
Shoemaker         
Sudbury,
MA                           
1:40:45 (2001)

Cynthia
Smithy           
Wellesley, MA                        
1:53:18 (2007)

 

Men’s
Push Rim Wheelchair                                  
Best Time

Timothy
Kelly             
Weymouth,
MA                      
58:41 (2004)

 

For
more information about the B.A.A. Half Marathon
presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, please visit www.baa.org or http://www.jimmyfund.org/eve/event/half-marathon/.

 

Established
in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit
organization with a mission of managing athletic events and promoting a healthy
lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon is the
world’s oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events
and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs.

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