for 8th Annual B.A.A. Half Marathon Closes in
Field Fills in Eight Days
Boston, Mass. ÛÒ Registration for the eighth annual B.A.A. Half
Marathon presented by Dana-Farber Cancer
Institute and the Jimmy Fund has closed in record time as the 5,000-runner field
filled in just eight days. The 2008 B.A.A. Half Marathon is scheduled to take place on October 12,
The B.A.A. Half Marathon has grown steadily over the past eight years,
starting with 3,378 entrants for the inaugural edition of the race in 2001. Last
year the race took 20 days to fill.
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
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.