Athletic Association to Open Registration for
B.A.A. 10K on Wednesday May 4 at 10:00 a.m.
ÛÒThe Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that registration for
the inaugural B.A.A. 10K opens on Wednesday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. Online
registration will take place at www.baa.org/races/10K, and the field is limited
to the first 5,000 entrants.
The first annual event is scheduled for
Sunday, June 26, 2011, and provides participants with an opportunity to run
Commonwealth Avenue Mall, with a start and finish location at Boston Common. The
B.A.A. is offering a $30,000 prize purse for the raceÛªs top finishers with
$5,000 each to the top male and female runner.
Sunday, June 26,
2011 at 8:00 a.m. ET
Starts and finishes on Charles Street near Boston Public
Garden in BostonÛªs Back Bay.
The B.A.A. invites runners to
compete in its newest event ÛÒ the B.A.A. 10K ÛÒ which complements its B.A.A. 5K
(established in 2009 and held in the Spring) and its B.A.A. Half Marathon
(established in 2001 and held in the Fall). Participants in the first-year road
race will receive event t-shirts from adidas, finisher medals, and a pleasurable
race day atmosphere at the Boston Common. The roads along the course will close
at 7:45 a.m., and begin to reopen on a rolling basis as the last runners pass
through. The closures will last no more than two hours.
The 6.2-mile course is a
scenic tour though Boston’s Back Bay. Notable neighborhoods and attractions
include the legendary Bull and Finch Pub, after which the television series
ÛÏCheersÛ was developed, the campus of Boston University, and trendy Kenmore
The race begins on Charles Street, winds
down picturesque Commonwealth Avenue and Bay State Road as far west as Babcock
Street near Boston University, before heading back on Commonwealth Avenue,
around the Public Garden and finishing on Charles
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. Each year the
Association manages a comprehensive schedule of youth-running events, distance
running training programs, and large-scale races in the city of Boston. Most noteworthy is
the Boston Marathon, the world’s most prestigious and oldest
continually run marathon. Since the inaugural race in 1897, the Boston Marathon has been
the pinnacle for distance running worldwide, a position which was reinforced in
1986 with the help of principal sponsor John Hancock Financial. In 2006, the
Boston Marathon joined the Bank of
America Chicago Marathon, the Berlin Marathon, the Virgin London Marathon, and the ING New York
City Marathon to form the World Marathon Majors.