Rising Star Mary Cain to Run Boston MayorÛªs Cup Cross Country Meet
World Junior Gold Medalist is one of many world-class athletes set to compete at the B.A.A. meet in Franklin Park on Sunday
BOSTON, Mass. ÛÒ
the Boston Athletic Association announced that American Olympic hopeful
Mary Cain will race the 2015 Boston MayorÛªs Cup Cross Country meet on
Sunday, October 25, at Franklin Park in
Boston. Cain, who represented Team USA at the 2013 IAAF World
Championships in the 1500 meters, will be making her debut at the event,
which is in its 25th year.
her high school days in Bronxville, New York, Cain has been a dominant
force on the American distance running scene. While still a high
she competed at a national and international level, setting junior
records from the 800 meters through the 3000 meters.
the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon, last year, Cain
took home the gold medal at 3000m. She also owns the world junior record
for 1000m indoors, having timed 2:35.80 in Boston in 2014.
Boston MayorÛªs Cup Cross Country meet is held at iconic Franklin Park,
featuring a route that explore the areaÛªs famed Bear Cage Hill and
Loop. Franklin Park played host to the 1992 IAAF World Cross Country
Championships, the last time the meet was held on American soil.
moved back home to New York this fall, Cain is competing in cross
country events in the Northeast. On October 6 she won the Harry Murphy
Country meet in New YorkÛªs Van Cortlandt Park with a time of 17:11.
its inception in 1990, the Boston MayorÛªs Cup Cross Country meet has
seen many notable champions, including Lynn Jennings, Kim Smith, and
Carroll. Event records stand at 22:53 for men (set by Silah Misoi in
1997), and 16:08 for women (Mary Cullen, 2008).
Joining Cain on the starting line for the MayorÛªs Cup WomenÛªs
Championship 5K race will be Cory McGee, a member of Team USA at the
2013 IAAF World Championships, as well as Liz Costello. Both McGee and
Costello train in Boston.
the top contenders entered for the MenÛªs Championship 8K race are
former University of Oregon All-American Trevor Dunbar and last yearÛªs
Division II Cross Country national champion Tabor Stevens.
of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate in the 2015
Boston MayorÛªs Cup Cross Country meet. Kicking off the dayÛªs events are
Youth races that are 1.1 miles in length. Boys and girls ages 6 to 10
will compete at 10:00 a.m., followed by boys and girls ages 11 to 12 at
10:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., 13 to 14-year-old boys and girls will race on
Franklin ParkÛªs course.
Championship WomenÛªs 5K will begin at 10:50 a.m., with the Championship
MenÛªs 8K at 11:15 a.m. The Franklin Park 5K (an open event for those
not wanting to compete in the Championship races) concludes the dayÛªs
events at 12:00 p.m.
19 years the Boston Athletic Association and adidas have been partners
in developing the MayorÛªs Cup Cross Country races into a premier
for the City of Boston. Regarded as one of the most competitive cross
country post-collegiate events in the United States, many top level
clubs use the MayorÛªs Cup to prepare for the USATF National Club Cross
Country Championships. Colleges also have found
that the event is good preparation for the championship portion of
MayorÛªs Cup Cross Country races are held within historic Franklin Park,
part of Frederick Law OlmstedÛªs renowned Emerald Necklace park system,
located five miles southwest of downtown Boston. Both the start and
finish lines, along with race registration and awards presentations, are
at The Playstead: a large field located within the park and bordered by
White Stadium, Franklin Park Zoo, and William
Devine Golf Course. The course is comprised almost exclusively of grass
and dirt. In the true spirit of cross country running, the course is
challenging with equal parts run on flats and hills.
event is managed by USA Track & Field New England and hosted by the
Boston Centers for Youth & Families and the Parks and Recreation
For more information on the Boston MayorÛªs Cup Cross Country meet, please visit
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and has played an integral role in the support and development of the
sport throughout the United
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first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896 through the 119th Boston Marathon in April 2015 and its other year-round events and programs, the pursuit of excellence in middle
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