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24 APR 2014

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that 2014 Boston Marathon champions Ernst Van Dyk (RSA) and Tatyana McFadden (USA) each won an additional $10,000 (USD) in prize money as the winners of the 2014 Boston-London Wheelchair Challenge. For the second consecutive year, the Boston Marathon was part of the Boston-London Wheelchair Challenge, a two-race competition which awarded $35,000 (USD) in prize money to elite wheelchair athletes who competed in both the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday, April 13, 2014 and the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21, 2014. For the 29th consecutive year, principal sponsor John Hancock Financial Services provided the prize purse for the Boston Marathon.

21 APR 2014

By James O'Brien

"Boston Strong. Meb Strong." With those words resounding in his head through the closing miles, Mebrahtom Keflezighi won the 118th Boston Marathon, becoming the first American man to do so since Greg Meyer in 1983. There was an ironic beauty in the fact that, on race morning, Meyer was among those who wished Meb well. He told me, "You can do it," the newly crowned winner explained. "Make it happen."

21 APR 2014

When hometown favorite Shalane Flanagan took the first mile of the 118th Boston Marathon out in 5:11, defending champion Rita Jeptoo thought she was in a world of trouble.

“My body was not responding well,” said the 33-year-old Kenyan, who was chasing her third victory here after wins in 2006 and 2013. “Today was like fire when we were starting. I was like somebody not ready to run this pace.”

21 APR 2014

In the largest and fastest push-rim wheelchair field ever assembled for the Boston Marathon, Ernst Van Dyk (RSA) and Tatyana McFadden (USA) won the men’s and women’s titles at the 118th B.A.A. Boston Marathon. Capturing an unprecedented 10th Boston Marathon title, Van Dyk led from wire-to-wire. McFadden celebrated her 25th birthday by defending her title in the women’s race, just eight days after winning and breaking her own course record at the London Marathon.

19 APR 2014

The B.A.A. Invitational Mile races, held this year on the Saturday before Patriot's Day, are now as much a part of the Boston tradition as is the 26 miler. The events comprise races for middle school and scholastic athletes from the eight cities and towns along the Marathon course, followed by elite miles featuring some of the finest tracksters in the world. The B.A.A. Boston Marathon is all about excellence; that standard permeates all events, all weekend. The B.A.A. Relay Challenge allowed younger kids to participate as well.

19 APR 2014

In the past, Morgan Uceny had to fly all the way from Mammoth Lakes, CA, to win the B.A.A. Invitational Mile.

This year, she just took the Green Line.

“I took the T from my house this morning, all dressed in my uniform,” said Uceny, who re-located to the Boston area along with her coach, Terrence Mahon, this winter. “That was pretty special.”

19 APR 2014

The 2014 B.A.A. 5K was one for the ages, as thousands of runners took to the streets of Boston in celebration. Ethiopia's Dejen Gebremeskel set a new men's event record of 13:26, while Providence, Rhode Island's Molly Huddle came from behind to win the women's race in 15:12. In total, more than 8,600 runners finished the race, held two days prior to the 118th Boston Marathon.

17 APR 2014

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced an elite field of Olympic Games and IAAF World Championships medalists and returning champions for the 2014 B.A.A. 5K, to be held on Saturday, April 19, two days prior to the 2014 Boston Marathon®. The 2014 B.A.A. 5K will have a field size of 10,000 entrants and will start and finish at Boston Common. The race is sold out. A prize purse of $39,900 (USD) will be awarded equally to the top male and female finishers. In addition, professional runners are eligible for a $5,000 (USD) bonus for event record times established at the B.A.A. 5K. Bonus incentives will also be available for professional runners for multiple top finishes at B.A.A. events in 2014.

17 APR 2014

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced an elite field of Olympic Games medalists, returning champions, and world class competitors for the 2014 B.A.A. Invitational Mile, to be held on Saturday, April 19, two days prior to the 2014 Boston Marathon®. Defending champion Nick Willis (NZL), a silver medalist at 1500 meters in the 2008 Olympic Games, highlights the men’s field. Two-time B.A.A. Invitational Mile champion (2010, 2012) and 2012 Olympian Morgan Uceny (Boston, MA) will look to win a third title. The B.A.A. Invitational Mile will also include Middle School 1,000 meter races and Scholastic Mile races, featuring youths from the eight cities and towns of the Boston Marathon course.

14 APR 2014

As the City of Boston prepares for millions of visitors over the next week culminating in the 118th Boston Marathon, city officials today released detailed public safety plans for Boston's approximately 2 miles of marathon route. Teams of leaders in government and the private sector have worked for months to develop these plans to ensure a safe and successful series of events.

B.A.A. Moment 4

1972 - Women Official Entrants in Marathon

Although Bobbi Gibb was the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon in 1966, it was not until the 1972 Boston Marathon that women could become official entrants due to a change in AAU rules. Pictured (left to right) above are seven of the eight women who participanted in the first official women's field of the Boston Marathon - Nina Kusciak, Katherine Switzer, Elaine Pederson, Ginny Collins, Pat Barrett, Frances Morrison, Sara Mae Berman (not pictured - Valerie Rogosheske).