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14 APR 2013

Boston Marathon weekend 2013 kicked off on Sunday morning (April 14th) with the B.A.A. 5K, the first race in the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley, a three-race series comprising the 5K, the B.A.A. 10K and the B.A.A. Half Marathon. The Distance Medley was inaugurated last year, with Kim Smith (NZL) and Allan Kiprono (KEN) taking the overall titles in races that were never anything other than intense. There could hardly have been a better way to kick off the 2013 series than with the Marathon Weekend’s 5K, boasting a field of competitors worthy of a major championship final.

14 APR 2013

It may be a cliché, but it’s also the truth: Picking up right where she left off, defending B.A.A. Distance Medley champion Kim Smith won the B.A.A. 5K on Sunday morning in dominating fashion, crossing the line in 15:16 for the victory and the early lead in the three-race series.

11 APR 2013

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that Lt. Colonel Rodney Freeman will receive this year’s Patriots’ Award at the official opening ceremony of the 117th Boston Marathon®, “Cheers to the Boston Marathon,” held at the Hampshire House on Thursday, April 11. Freeman founded a shadow version of the Boston Marathon, which is held on or near Patriots’ Day for United States armed forces personnel stationed overseas.

10 APR 2013

With less than one week remaining until the 2013 Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) and principal sponsor John Hancock Financial are prepared for the 117th edition of the world’s oldest annual marathon.  The top finishers will receive $806,000, a prize purse supplied by John Hancock.

05 APR 2013

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that an international field of elite athletes will compete in the B.A.A. Invitational Mile to be held on Sunday, April 14, 2013, one day before the 117th Boston Marathon®. Highlighting the men’s field is Nick Willis (NZL), a silver medalist at 1500 meters in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships 1500 meter gold medalist Kalkidan Gezahegne (ETH) will look to lead the women. The B.A.A. Invitational Mile also features a Middle School 1,000 meter race and Scholastic Mile, held immediately before the professional mile races.

03 APR 2013

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that an elite field of world class athletes will compete in the Fifth Annual B.A.A. 5K, the first race of the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley, on Sunday, April 14, 2013. Kim Smith (NZL) and Allan Kiprono (KEN) will defend their titles in the B.A.A. Distance Medley, a three-race series which awards $100,000 to the male and female with the fastest cumulative time from all three races. Defending B.A.A. 5K women’s champion and course record holder Werknesh Kidane (ETH) will once again compete in this year’s B.A.A. 5K, which awards a combined prize purse of $25,000.

29 MAR 2013

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that The B.A.A. at 125: The Official History Of The Boston Athletic Association will be available on Monday, April 1 on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, and at select bookstores everywhere. The book is written by John Hanc and published by Sports Publishing, a division of Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

22 MAR 2013

With less than one month until the 117th Boston Marathon, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that several former champions of the Boston Marathon will return to Boston to participate in events surrounding this year’s running of the historic race. The 117th running of the world’s oldest annual marathon will take place on Monday, April 15, 2013.

12 MAR 2013

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced its renewed financial commitment to the eight host cities and towns of the historic Boston Marathon® course. The B.A.A. has pledged its financial support over a three-year term from 2013 through 2015, with contributions increasing annually.

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).

B.A.A. Moment 8

1996 - Centennial Boston Marathon

The historic centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 was monumental for many reasons. It was the not only the first time that the ChampionChip timing and scoring device was used in a major US Marathon, but it was the largest running event ever held at the time. 

The starting field of 38,708 stood for more than seven years as the largest in the history of the sport. Included among the finishers were 16 Boston champions.