B.A.A. Distance Medley Registration to Open January 25

20 DEC 2011
Exclusive three-race registration window to remain open for one week.

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that registration for the inaugural 2012 B.A.A. Distance Medley will begin at 10:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, and continue until Wednesday January 31 at 5:00 p.m. ET. During this exclusive medley registration window, runners interested in running all three of the B.A.A. Distance Medley events will have the opportunity to sign up for the three-race series. Medley registration will be held entirely online at www.baa.org.

The B.A.A. Distance Medley will begin with the B.A.A. 5K on April 15, 2012, followed by the B.A.A. 10K on June 24, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund on October 7.  Each of the three races will have its own prize purse. In addition, the male and female B.A.A. Distance Medley champions will earn $100,000 in prize money.  The individual male and female champions will be determined by their cumulative time over the three races.

Everyone who completes all three races will be awarded a special commemorative medal for the series in addition to receiving a finisher’s medal for each race.  Those who register for the B.A.A. Distance Medley will have their performances posted to the B.A.A.’s Distance Medley web page and will be issued special bib numbers in each of the three races, indicating they are B.A.A. Distance Medley participants.

The week-long B.A.A. Distance Medley registration window of January 25 – 31 is only available to runners who would like to sign up for all three events. Minimum age for the B.A.A. Distance Medley is 14-years old.  Runners interested in registering for only one or two of the three events must do so when registration opens for those individual races.

In addition to the registration date for the three-race B.A.A. Distance Medley, the B.A.A. has established the registration dates for the individual events if space remains available at the close of the B.A.A. Distance Medley registration.

Boston Athletic Association Individual Event Registration Dates:

B.A.A. 5K on Sunday, April 15:   Wednesday, February 1, 2012;
B.A.A. 10K on Sunday, June 24:   Wednesday, May 2, 2012;  
B.A.A. Half Marathon on Sunday, October 7:   Wednesday, July 18, 2012. 

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.