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06 FEB 2014

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced a new prize money structure for B.A.A. Distance Medley events, which will award nearly $150,000 USD in prize money each year, a 55% increase over the guaranteed total prize purse in 2013 for those three events. The purse for each race has been increased. In addition, bonus incentives have been established both for professional runners recording multiple top finishes at B.A.A. events in 2014 and for event record times set at B.A.A. Distance Medley events. Prize money awards and bonus incentives are equal for men and women.

06 FEB 2014

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that registration for the 2014 B.A.A. 5K has closed after its 10,000 entrant field size limit was reached. The B.A.A. 5K will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014, two days prior to the Boston Marathon® and will be the first event of the 2014 B.A.A. Distance Medley. Registration opened on Wednesday, February 5 at 10:00 a.m. ET and closed approximately one day later at 3:35 p.m. ET.

05 FEB 2014

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), organizer of the Boston Marathon, today launched Boston Marathon World Run, a mobile application and website that connects runners from around the world with the 2014 Boston Marathon. In response to receiving an unprecedented amount of inquiries from runners seeking to participate in the 2014 Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. created a virtual experience in which all runners, regardless of ability or geography, could run a distance of their choosing and participate in the athletic spirit of the event.

21 JAN 2014

In its 29th year as principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock Financial today announced the elite field for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon on April 21. A complete field list follows.

Reigning champions Lelisa Desisa and Rita Jeptoo will return to defend their titles, but will be challenged by the fastest field ever assembled for the world’s most historic marathon.

17 JAN 2014
The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that registration for the 2014 B.A.A. Distance Medley will begin on Wednesday, January 22 at 10:00 a.m. ET and will continue until Wednesday, January 29 at 5:00 p.m. ET. During this exclusive registration window, runners interested in entering all three events of the B.A.A. Distance Medley may register for the series. Registration will be held online at www.baa.org and will be limited to 3,000 entrants. Each of the three races will have its own field size limit.
07 JAN 2014

John Hancock Financial today announced the Elite USA Team for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014. The exceptional U.S. team, recruited to compete with a deep international field, includes Desiree Davila Linden, Shalane Flanagan, Amy Hastings, Serena Burla, Adriana Nelson, Dathan Ritzenhein, Meb Keflezighi, Brett Gotcher, Jason Hartmann, Nick Arciniaga and Jeffrey Eggleston.

11 DEC 2013

John Hancock Financial today announced the return of 2013 Boston Marathon champions Rita Jeptoo of Kenya and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia for the 118th running of the race on April 21.

With a world-class field contending for the men’s champion’s title this past April, the early miles of the race were typically strategic over the historic Hopkinton to Boston course. In the closing miles, three runners broke away from the pack to vie for the olive wreath.

05 DEC 2013

The Boston Athletic Association, organizer of the Boston Marathon®, has issued a limited number of invitational entries for the 2014 Boston Marathon for those who were deeply impacted by the events of April 15, 2013.  The B.A.A. thanks all who submitted a request to participate in the 2014 Boston Marathon.

Notifications have been sent both to those who have been accepted and to those who were not accepted.

26 NOV 2013
The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that the B.A.A. 5K will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014, two days prior to the 2014 Boston Marathon®. The start and finish will be relocated from Copley Square Park to Boston Common. Registration will be held online at www.baa.org beginning on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. ET and will be limited to 10,000 entrants. The cost to register is $50 USD and participants must be 10 years of age or older to register.
18 NOV 2013

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), organizer of the Boston Marathon®, will issue a limited number of invitational entries for the 2014 Boston Marathon for those who were most impacted by the events of April 15, 2013.

Those who have a special connection to the events of April 15 and who would like to be considered for an invitational entry, may submit a request to the B.A.A. Submissions will be collected entirely online at www.baa.org and must be typed in 250 words or less. The B.A.A. will not accept photos, videos, or other non-written material. Requests will be reviewed by a selection committee appointed by the B.A.A. and decisions will be made in the sole discretion of the B.A.A.

B.A.A. Moment 3

1966 - Bobbi Gibb

Although not an official entrant, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Joining the starting field shortly after the gun had been fired, Gibb finished the race in 3:21:40 to place 126th overall. Gibb again claimed the “unofficial” title in 1967 and 1968.