Boston, Mass. – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) will open online registration for the 2011 B.A.A. Half Marathon on Wednesday, July 13 at 10:00 a.m. (ET), on its website, www.baa.org. Registration for last year’s race closed in just two hours, and the B.A.A. expects the 11th edition of the race may also fill quickly. The field size for the October 9th race has been expanded from 6,000 to 7,000 entrants.
The B.A.A. Half Marathon begins and ends in Boston’s scenic Franklin Park at 8:30 a.m. on the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend. After leaving the park, the race takes runners along Boston and Brookline’s Emerald Necklace park system on an out-and-back route that puts autumn’s foliage on full display. In addition to the nearly 7,000 runners expected to compete, a field of international athletes will vie for a combined prize purse of $30,000.
“The popularity of our Half Marathon in recent years is indicative of the current boom in running, and especially here in Boston,” said Tom Grilk, Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association. “Bostonians make personal fitness a priority, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon is an event where personal fitness, collective well-being, and athletic achievement are in full form. We look forward to welcoming them by putting together an event worthy of their participation.”
Since its inception in 2001, the B.A.A. Half Marathon has featured some of Boston and Brookline’s most beautiful parks and the Franklin Park Zoo as part of its course. The B.A.A. has directed a portion of runner’s entry fees towards the Emerald Necklace Conservancy which works to preserve, maintain, and promote its historic park system.
Last month, the B.A.A. introduced its newest event – the B.A.A. 10K. Also, the B.A.A. has a year-round schedule of running and community events, including charitable and youth support.
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, more than 500 runners will advance cancer research and improve patient care through their fundraising efforts. To learn more about joining the Dana-Farber team, click here.