Half Marathon Registration Opens
Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund present eighth annual event
Boston, Mass. ÛÒ Registration for the eighth annual B.A.A. Half
Marathon presented by Dana-Farber Cancer
Institute and the Jimmy Fund will open on Wednesday, July 16 at 9:00 a.m. (EDT).
This year’s race will be held on Sunday, October 12 (Columbus Day weekend) and
begin at 8:00 a.m.
Starting tomorrow morning at 9:00
a.m., athletes may register online or download a PDF of the application at www.baa.org The online registration fee is $54 and the field will be limited to 5,000
runners. The event has reached its field size limit in each of the past seven
years, and race organizers expect the field to fill quickly. Runners are
encouraged to enter early as no entries will be accepted once the field limit of
5,000 has been reached.
A $30,000 prize purse and a full
slate of age group awards have helped attract numerous top athletes to the
B.A.A. Half Marathon. Past champions have
included Marie Davenport, Lornah Kiplagat and Samuel Ndereba, while several
Olympians and road racing stars such as Jen Rhines, Valentina Yegorova, John
Kagwe, Timothy Cherigat, and Mark Carroll have also participated. In 2007, Tom
Nyariki of Kenya set a new
men’s course record of 1:02:20, while Edna Kiplagat, also of Kenya, won the
women’s race with a time of 1:13:36.
The B.A.A. Half Marathon course
starts and finishes at Roberto Clemente Field in Boston’s Back Bay Fens neighborhood. The route
encompasses much of Boston’s famed Emerald
Necklace park system, proceeding along the Riverway, past Jamaica Pond and the
Arborway, and into Franklin Park before
reversing course. A portion of each participant’s entry fee is donated to the
Emerald Necklace Conservancy and is directed toward the enhancement and
maintenance of the park system.
For more information about the
B.A.A. Half Marathon presented by Dana-Farber
Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, please visit http://www.baa.org/
Other sponsors of the B.A.A. Half Marathon
include adidas, Poland Spring, Gatorade, Long’s Jewelers, and