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B.A.A. Half Opens Registration Wednesday at 10:00am

B.A.A. Half
Marathon Registration to Open Wednesday, July 17

 

Third and final event of the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley, held on October 13, has a field size limit of 7,500 entrants


BOSTON ‰ÛÒ The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced
that registration for the 13th B.A.A. Half Marathon,
presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, will begin
on Wednesday, July 17 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Registration will be held
online at
www.baa.org and will
be limited to 7,500 entrants. The cost to register is $65 USD. The
B.A.A. Half Marathon will begin on Sunday, October 13 at 8:30 a.m. in
Boston‰Ûªs Franklin Park.

 

The
13.1-mile, rolling course is an out-and-back route that runs along the
Emerald Necklace park system, highlighting
the beauty of the historic park system while furthering the B.A.A.‰Ûªs
mission of promoting health and fitness. The B.A.A. Half Marathon will
begin and end at White Stadium in Franklin Park, one of
America‰Ûªs oldest parks, in
Boston‰Ûªs Jamaica Plain and Dorchester neighborhoods.

 

The
B.A.A. Half
Marathon is presented annually by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the
Jimmy Fund. Through its official team of participants, nearly 650
runners will raise funds to advance cancer research and improve patient
care. Dana-Farber
has a separate registration, open now, for those who would like to join
the fundraising team. For more details or to register for the
Dana-Farber team, please visit

www.RunDanaFarber.org/HalfMarathon
.

 

The
B.A.A. Half Marathon is the third and final race in the 2013 B.A.A.
Distance Medley, a three-race series which
combines the B.A.A. 5K in April, the B.A.A. 10K in June, and the B.A.A.
Half
Marathon. Each of the three races has its own prize purse. In addition,
the male and female B.A.A. Distance Medley champions, determined by the
lowest cumulative gun time, will earn $100,000 in prize money at the
conclusion of the B.A.A. Half
Marathon.

 

Already registered for the three-race series are 2,050 runners, who signed up for the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley
in January.

 

A
total prize purse of $38,400 is at stake in the B.A.A. Half
Marathon. Prize money will be distributed to the top ten runners
overall, the top three in the masters division, and the top three in the
push rim wheelchair division. Prize money awards are equal for men and
women and are based
on gun time results. The overall men‰Ûªs and women‰Ûªs B.A.A. Half
Marathon champions will each receive $6,000 in prize money.

 

In
the 2012 B.A.A. Half Marathon,
Kenya‰Ûªs Allan Kiprono set a new event record, winning in 1:01:44. Kenyan
compatriots Lani Rutto and Sam Chelanga rounded out the top three,
running 1:01:55 and 1:03:22, respectively.
Kiprono‰Ûªs victory in the B.A.A. Half Marathon earned him the overall
victory in the 2012 B.A.A. Distance Medley with a cumulative time of
1:44:09.

 

New Zealand native and
Providence, RI resident Kim Smith won the women‰Ûªs race in 1:10:57, missing the event record, set in 2010 by
Kenya‰Ûªs Caroline Rotich, by five seconds.
Ethiopia‰Ûªs Aheza Kiros finished second in 1:12:50 and
Kenya‰Ûªs Hellen Jemutai placed third in 1:13:35. Smith won the 2012 B.A.A. Distance Medley with a cumulative time of 1:57:59.

 

Since
the event‰Ûªs inception in 2001, the B.A.A. has directed a portion of the
entry fees from the B.A.A. Half
Marathon towards the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, which works to
preserve, maintain, and promote the historic park system. The Emerald
Necklace park system was developed by
America‰Ûªs first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, and the
B.A.A. Half
Marathon features recreational use and appreciation of the landscape,
waterways, and parkways as they were intended at the time of design in
the late 1800s. The Franklin Park Zoo also has been an attraction of the
B.A.A. Half
Marathon since the event‰Ûªs inception.

 

About the
Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.)
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.‰Ûªs 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 international
marathons in
Tokyo, London, Berlin,
Chicago, and New York City. Nearly 50,000 runners will participate in
B.A.A. events in 2013. The 118th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 21,
2014. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit
www.baa.org
.

 

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