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10 Top Moments in BAA Half Marathon History

Ten Days Until the 10th
Annual B.A.A. Half Marathon on 10.10.10

 

B.A.A. counts down 10 highlights
from 10 years beginning today.

 

Boston, Mass. ‰ÛÒ In
celebration of the 10th Annual B.A.A. Half Marathon presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The
Jimmy Fund, the Boston Athletic Association announced today it will begin an
event countdown on its new website beginning this afternoon. The ten-day
countdown will display a different highlight from ten years of the popular race
with a short story, and will end on Saturday, October 9, the night before the
ev
ent. An advanced preview of the
countdown is included here:

 

Thursday, September 30

10 ‰ÛÒ
Partnership with Dana-Farber

Since 2003, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The
Jimmy Fund have been the presenting sponsor of the B.A.A. Half Marathon. This partnership allows members of the
Dana-Farber Runners team to raise funds while training for the 13.1 mile race.

 

Friday, October
1

9 ‰ÛÒ Martin
Fagan nearly sets course record in 2009

Ireland‘s Martin Fagan emerged through the Emerald Necklace
just one second off of Thomas Nyariki‰Ûªs 2007 course record time. It was a
battle.

 

Saturday October
2

8 ‰ÛÒ The
unbeatable Tony Nogueira

Course record holder and five-time winner, Tony
Nogueira has become synonymous with winning at the B.A.A. Half Marathon.

 

Sunday, October 3

7 ‰ÛÒ
Trailblazer Wayne Levy ‰ÛÒ 2001 Champion

In the fledgling B.A.A. Half Marathon‰Ûªs first year, the B.A.A.‰Ûªs own Wayne Levy led the
way. He‰Ûªs run the Half Marathon every year since.

 

Monday, October
4

6 ‰ÛÒ 43
people aiming to run all ten B.A.A. Half Marathons

Follow them, they‰Ûªve run this course before.        

 

Tuesday, October
5

5 ‰ÛÒ
Running through Franklin Park
Zoo

Dear Runners: Just because it‰Ûªs eerily quiet, don‰Ûªt
think you‰Ûªre not being watched.

 

Wednesday, October
6

4 ‰ÛÒ Sarah
Nixon back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002

The only runner in race history to win back-to-back
B.A.A. Half Marathon titles, Nixon was running
for more than just victory.

 

Thursday, October
7

3 ‰ÛÒ
Davenport
Dominance

Course record holder and Olympian, Marie Davenport
etched her name in B.A.A. history with her dominating performances in 2003 and
2006. 

 

Friday, October
8

2 ‰ÛÒ 2007
Men‰Ûªs Showdown, Photo Finish

The winner of the fastest B.A.A. Half Marathon wasn‰Ûªt decided until the break tape. That‰Ûªs where
Tom Nyariki made a move.

 

Saturday, October
9

1 ‰ÛÒ The
Emerald Necklace

Parklands are the strength of many cities. Thanks to
the vision of one man, Boston‰Ûªs parks hold a distinction. Thanks to
the City of Boston‰Ûªs Parks and Recreation Department and
the Emerald Necklace Conservancy ‰ÛÒ this park system comprises jewels for all to
enjoy.

 

The
10th Annual B.A.A. Half Marathon –
Fast Facts

 

Start Time:                               
8:30 a.m. on Sunday, 10.10.10

Start and Finish:                       
White Stadium, Boston‰Ûªs Franklin Park

Distance:                                 
13 miles, 176 yards (21.082 Kilometers)

Organizer:                                
Boston
Athletic Association

Presenting Sponsor:                 
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund

Field Size:                                
6,000 official participants

 

Elite Athletes:               
A talented field of elite athletes from around the world will compete in
the Half Marathon for a total of $30,000
in prize money. A full list of competitors will be released on Monday, October
4th. Prize money is awarded
equally to men and women based on the time from the starting gun (not by net
time), including $5,000 to the winners of the men‰Ûªs and women‰Ûªs open division.

 

The Course:                  
B.A.A. Half Marathon course is an
out-and-back route that takes runners
along the Emerald Necklace park system, and includes a section of the
Franklin Park Zoo. It is certified per the guidelines set forth by USA
Track and Field.

 

New for 2010:               
Runners will start and finish in White Stadium in Franklin Park.

 

Course Records:

Men‰Ûªs Open                
1:02:20            
Tom Nyariki                              
36        
KEN     2007

Women‰Ûªs Open           
1:10:57            
Marie Davenport                        
28         IRL
     
2003

Men‰Ûªs Wheelchair       
53:07               
Tony Nogueira                          
36        
NJ       
2004

                                   
53:07               
Tony Nogueira                          
40         NJ
      
2008

Women‰Ûªs Wheelchair 1:09:44            
Laurie Stephens                        
20        
MA      
2004

Men‰Ûªs Masters             
1:05:12            
Eddy Hellebuyck                       
42        
NM      
2003

Women‰Ûªs Masters       
1:15:19            
Firaya Sultanova-Zhdanova         
44        
RUS    
2005

 

Defending Champions:

Men‰Ûªs Open                
1:02:21            
Martin Fagan                            
26        
IRL      
2009

Women‰Ûªs Open           
1:11:07            
Belainesh Zemedkun Gebre        21        
ETH     
2009

Men‰Ûªs Wheelchair       
55:36               
Tony Nogueira                          
41        
NJ       
2009

Women‰Ûªs Wheelchair 1:17:00            
Laurie Stephens                        
24        
MA      
2008

Men‰Ûªs Masters
            
1:07:42            
Joseph Koech                           
40        
KEN    
2009

Women‰Ûªs Masters       
1:30:45            
Laura Lipcsei                            
41        
CAN/MA 2009

 

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. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been
John Hancock Financial.

 

 

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