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BAA Announces Race Trilogy with $100K to Winners

B.A.A. announces
inaugural three-race series

with $100,000 to
male and female winners.

 

B.A.A. 5k,
B.A.A. 10k, and B.A.A. Half Marathon to comprise

new B.A.A.
Distance Medley.

 

 

BOSTON ‰ÛÓ In anticipation of its upcoming
125th Anniversary in 2012, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.)
has announced the establishment of a three-race series. The B.A.A. Distance
Medley will begin with the B.A.A. 5K on April 15, 2012, followed by the B.A.A.
10K on June 24, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon on
October 7.  Each of the three races
will have its own prize purse. In addition, the male and female series champions
will earn $100,000 in prize money.

 

Scoring for the B.A.A. Distance Medley will be based on total,
elapsed time.  For example, someone
who runs 14:00 minutes at the 5K, 29:00 at the 10K and 1:04:30 for the Half
Marathon would end the series with a time of 1:47:30.  This unique scoring system is intended
to maximize interest in the series among runners, the general public, and the
media.

 

Everyone who completes all three races will be awarded a special
commemorative medal for the series in addition to receiving a finisher’s medal
for each race.

 

                               
First race of Distance Medley           
Second race of Distance Medley      Third race of
Distance Medley         

Event:              
B.A.A. 5K                                
B.A.A. 10K                               
B.A.A. Half Marathon

Date:               
Sunday, April 15                       
Sunday, June 24                       
Sunday, October 7

Start time:        
8:00 a.m.                                 
8:00 a.m.                                 
8:30 a.m.

Distance:         
5 kilometers (3.1 miles) 
           
10 kilometers (6.2 miles)           
13.1 miles

Start/finish:       Copley
Square, Boston              
Boston Common                       
Franklin Park, Boston

Established:      2009                                        
2011                                        
2001

 

Registration for each event will be held on the B.A.A.’s web site:
www.baa.org

 

Athletes contending for the series title will be posted to a
leader board on the B.A.A. web site.

 

Each of the three events comprising the B.A.A. Distance Medley
starts and finishes at a different, iconic Boston venue and showcases a different part of
the City.  The B.A.A. makes annual
contributions to city services, agencies or advocacy groups. Beneficiaries
include the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Boston Centers for Youth and Families,
Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Boston Park Rangers,
Franklin Park Zoo, and Friends of the Public Garden.

 

Youth races will be held in conjunction with each
event.

 

“B.A.A. races offer runners uncommon racing opportunities in
Boston,” said
Thomas S. Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. “We appreciate the partnership we
enjoy with the Mayor’s Office which highlights this renowned, running
city.”

 

“In 2012, the B.A.A. Distance Medley will give Boston a series of races
unique to the sport and is yet another way we are promoting our neighborhoods
and our citizens,” said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “Together with the
B.A.A., we are encouraging health, fitness and an active lifestyle by providing
inspirational opportunities in which anyone may participate.”

 
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. The Boston Marathon is part of the World Marathon
Majors along with the Virgin London Marathon, BMW Berlin Marathon, Bank of
America Chicago Marathon, and the ING New York City Marathon. Nearly 50,000
runners will have participated in B.A.A. events in
2011.

 


 

 


 



 

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