B.A.A. Half Marathon Reaches 7,000-entrant Field Size Limit for 11th Annual Race in Less Than Four Hours

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35° F (1.7° C) Fair
13 JUL 2011
Largest Field Ever Expected for October 9, 2011

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that registration for the 2011 B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund, has closed after its 7,000-entrant field size limit was reached in three hours, 50 minutes. The date of this year’s race is Sunday, October 9, 2011.

The B.A.A. Half Marathon is run along Boston and Brookline’s Emerald Necklace park system.  The start and finish location for this year’s race is in Boston’s Franklin Park near White Stadium and the Franklin Park Zoo. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. on the Sunday of the Columbus Day holiday weekend.

“We’ve witnessed a quick sell out of our B.A.A. Half Marathon in recent years, and we’re pleased that so many runners continue to challenge themselves through participation in B.A.A. events,” said B.A.A. Executive Director Tom Grilk. “The B.A.A. Half Marathon is popular among runners both because of the scenic course along the Emerald Necklace park system in Boston and Brookline and the opportunity to participate in a B.A.A. event during the Fall season.”

Since the race’s inception in 2001, the B.A.A. has directed a portion of the entry fees towards the Emerald Necklace Conservancy which works to preserve, maintain, and promote the historic park system.  The Emerald Necklace park system was developed by America’s first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmstead, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon features recreational use and appreciation of the landscape, waterways and parkways as they were intended at the time of design in the late 1800s.

The database of entrants in the 2011 B.A.A. Half Marathon is located here.

The field of professional runners who will vie for a total prize money purse of $30,000 will be released in September.

The B.A.A. Half Marathon is presented annually by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund. Through its Running the Race Against Cancer® team of participants, nearly 600 runners will advance cancer research and improve patient care through their fundraising efforts. Interested runners who’ve missed the chance to register through the B.A.A. may still be able to join the Dana-Farber team. Visit their website here.

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1920 - Ashland Start

The Boston Marathon began in Ashland, Massachusetts from 1897 through 1923 then moved to Hopkinton for the 1924 race. The course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton. Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.