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B.A.A. Half Marathon Closes Out in 12 Minutes

B.A.A. Half
Marathon Registration is Now Closed

 

Third and final event of the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley, held on

October 13, has quickly reached its field size limit of 7,500 entrants

 

BOSTON ‰ÛÓ 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, has closed
after its 7,500 entrant field size limit was reached. The B.A.A. Half
Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 13, 2013 and will be the third
and final race in the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley. Registration opened
on Wednesday, July 17 at 10:00 a.m. ET and closed approximately 12
minutes later
at 10:12 a.m. ET.

 

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.’s
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’s oldest parks, in
Boston’s 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, and spaces are still available 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’s and women’s B.A.A. Half
Marathon champions will each receive $6,000 in prize money.

 

In
the 2012 B.A.A. Half Marathon,
Kenya’s 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’s 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’s race in 1:10:57, missing the event record, set in 2010 by
Kenya’s Caroline Rotich, by five seconds.
Ethiopia’s Aheza Kiros finished second in 1:12:50 and
Kenya’s 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’s 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’s 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’s 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.’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 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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