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04 FEB 2013

The Boston-London Wheelchair Challenge is a new initiative of the Boston Athletic Association and the London Marathon Ltd., organizers of these two world famous marathons. The new competition aims to attract the world’s best elite wheelchair athletes to compete in both races, held just six days apart on April 15 (Boston) and April 21 (London).

04 FEB 2013

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced one of the fastest push rim wheelchair division fields in the world for the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. The field includes the men’s and women’s defending champions, along with past champions of the Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City marathons, as well as four of the six medalists at the 2012 London Paralympic Games marathon. For the 28th consecutive year, principal sponsor John Hancock Financial will provide the prize purse for the race.

01 FEB 2013

The Boston Athletic Association and principal sponsor John Hancock Financial Services invites the media to cover the 117th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013. The media application process for the 2013 Boston Marathon is now open. Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2013.

Please log in to the Press Media Area using either your unique username and password, or the username and password that was emailed to you as a media member.

Media members with questions about media credentials, access to the Press Media Area, and access to the Boston Marathon should contact Chris Conley at the B.A.A. Phone: 617-778-1629.

30 JAN 2013
The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that registration for the B.A.A. 5K will begin at 10:00 a.m. ET on Monday, February 4, 2013. The Fifth B.A.A. 5K will be held at 8:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, April 14, 2013, one day before the 117th Boston Marathon. Registration will be held online at www.baa.org and will be limited to 6,500 entrants. The cost to register is $45 (USD) and participants must be at least 10 years of age to register.
17 JAN 2013

Statements on the passing of John Thomas by B.A.A. officials:

"John Thomas transcended what it meant to be a champion and an Olympian, and he achieved legendary status not only within the Boston Athletic Association but also in Boston sports. As the first African American member of the B.A.A., he made a profound, positive impact on us. He was a gentleman who we greatly respected, and he displayed the very best that sports can offer through his successes and how he represented himself and others. John was an inspiration to all, and we will aspire to honor his memory as we continue in our 125th Anniversary year."

-- Joann E. Flaminio, B.A.A. President

15 JAN 2013

In its 28th year as principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock Financial today announced the elite field for the 117th running of the Boston Marathon on April 15. A complete field list follows.

11 JAN 2013
The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that registration for the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley will begin at 10:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, and will continue until Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. ET. During this exclusive registration window, runners interested in entering all three of the B.A.A. Distance Medley events will have the opportunity to sign up for the series. Registration will be held online at www.baa.org and will be limited to the first 2,500 registrants. Each of the three races will have its own maximum field size limit.
08 JAN 2013

John Hancock Financial today announced the Elite USA Team for the 117th running of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. The strong U.S. team, recruited to compete with a deep international field, includes Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi, Abdi Abdirahman, Jason Hartmann, Fernando Cabada, Serena Burla, Stephanie Rothstein, and Alissa McKaig. The group joins previously announced Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan.

28 DEC 2012

Desiree Davila, a member of the 2013 John Hancock Elite Boston Marathon Team has withdrawn from the upcoming April 15 race due to a slow-healing femoral stress fracture of the right leg. The injury occurred shortly before the 2012 London Olympic Marathon this past August. Although her recovery is taking longer than expected, Davila said she is making progress and looks forward to competing in future Boston Marathons.

18 DEC 2012

John Hancock Financial today announced the return of 2012 Boston Marathon champions Sharon Cherop and Wesley Korir of Kenya for the 117th running of the race on April 15.

B.A.A. Moment 2

1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.