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B.A.A. Distance Medley Registration Opens Jan. 22

                                                                         
     

 

 

BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION     185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor     Boston, Massachusetts 02116     617-236-1652    
http://www.baa.org

 

B.A.A. Distance Medley Registration to Open Wednesday, January 22

 

Exclusive Three-Race Registration Window Will Remain Open for One Week

 

BOSTON ‰ÛÒ The Boston
Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that registration for the
2014 B.A.A. Distance Medley will begin on Wednesday, January 22 at 10:00
a.m. ET and will continue
until Wednesday, January 29 at 5:00 p.m. ET. During this exclusive
registration window, runners interested in entering all three events of
the B.A.A. Distance Medley may register for the series. Registration
will be held online at www.baa.org and
will be limited to 3,000 entrants. Each of the three races will have its own field size limit.

 

The B.A.A. Distance
Medley is a three-race series which includes the B.A.A. 5K on Saturday,
April 19, the B.A.A. 10K on Sunday, June 22, and the B.A.A. Half
Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber
Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, on Sunday, October12.

 

‰ÛÏWe are pleased to
continue the B.A.A. Distance Medley, which offers a unique and
competitive series for both recreational and professional runners,‰Û said
B.A.A. Executive Director Tom Grilk.
‰ÛÏMany recreational runners who are making their training and racing
plans in 2014 will look to this series, which provides three races
progressively increasing in distance during the course of the year. The
addition of age group awards will add to the spirit
of competition in the B.A.A. Distance Medley.‰Û

 

New
for the 2014 B.A.A. Distance Medley, age group awards will be given to
the top three finishers in each of the following age groups: 14-19,
20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54,
55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80+. Age groups are determined
by the athlete‰Ûªs age on the day of the 2014 B.A.A. Half Marathon, which
is scheduled to be held on Sunday, October 12.  

 

Every registered
participant who completes the 2014 B.A.A. Distance Medley will receive a
special commemorative medal for the series in addition to receiving a
finisher‰Ûªs medal for each race.
Each athlete will also be listed on the B.A.A. Distance Medley Leader
Board, which displays the top male and female competitors throughout the
series. Each runner who registers for the entire B.A.A. Distance Medley
this January will receive a bib number which
calls-out participation in the B.A.A. Distance Medley.

 

In 2013, a total
of 2,048 runners registered for the B.A.A. Distance Medley
and 1,319 runners completed the series. The B.A.A. Distance Medley
registration window of January 22 through January
29 is only available to those runners who wish to register for the
entire series. The cost to register is $200 USD. The minimum age for
entry into the B.A.A. Distance Medley is 14 years of age. Runners
interested in registering for one or two of the three
events must do so when registration opens for those individual events.

 

In addition to the
registration dates for the B.A.A. Distance Medley, the B.A.A. has
established the registration dates for the individual events of the
series in 2014:

 

EVENT

DATE

REGISTRATION OPENING DATE

B.A.A. 5K

Saturday, April 19

Wednesday, February 5, 10:00 a.m. ET

B.A.A. 10K

Sunday, June 22

Thursday, May 1, 10:00 a.m. ET

B.A.A. Half Marathon

Sunday, October 22

Wednesday, July 16, 10:00 a.m. ET

 

In the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley, the male and female
champions, determined by the lowest cumulative gun time in the
three-race series were Kenya‰Ûªs Stephen Sambu and New Zealand’s Kim
Smith.

After placing fifth at
the B.A.A. 5K in 13:47 and first in the B.A.A. 10K in 28:06, Sambu
placed third in the B.A.A. Half Marathon with a time of 1:00:41. His
cumulative time was 1:42:34.

 

Smith, a resident
of Providence, RI, won the B.A.A. Distance Medley for the second
consecutive year in 2013. She won the B.A.A. 5K in 15:16, placed second
in the B.A.A. 10K in 33:34, and won
the B.A.A. Half Marathon in an event record time of 1:09:14. Her
cumulative time was 1:58:04.

 

Participation and
performance details for professional athletes in 2014, including prize
purses and bonus incentives, will be announced in early February.

 

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. More than 60,000 runners will participate
in B.A.A. events in 2014. 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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