BOSTON –The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that registration for the inaugural B.A.A. 10K opens on Wednesday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Online registration will take place at www.baa.org/races/10K, and the field is limited to the first 5,000 entrants.
The race is scheduled for Sunday, June 26, 2011, and provides participants with an opportunity to run along Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue Mall, with a start and finish location at Boston Common. The B.A.A. is offering a $30,000 prize purse for the race’s top finishers with $5,000 each to the top male and female runner.
INAUGURAL RACE: Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. ET
LOCATION: Starts and finishes on Charles Street near Boston Public Garden in Boston’s Back Bay.
RACE SYNOPSIS: The B.A.A. invites runners to compete in its newest event – the B.A.A. 10K – which complements its B.A.A. 5K (established in 2009 and held in the Spring) and its B.A.A. Half Marathon (established in 2001 and held in the Fall). Participants in the first-year road race will receive event t-shirts from adidas, finisher medals, and a pleasurable race day atmosphere at the Boston Common. The roads along the course will close at 7:45 a.m., and begin to reopen on a rolling basis as the last runners pass through. The closures will last no more than two hours.
RACE COURSE: The 6.2-mile course is a scenic tour though Boston's Back Bay. Notable neighborhoods and attractions include the legendary Bull and Finch Pub, after which the television series “Cheers” was developed, the campus of Boston University, and trendy Kenmore Square.
The race begins on Charles Street, winds down picturesque Commonwealth Avenue and Bay State Road as far west as Babcock Street near Boston University, before heading back on Commonwealth Avenue, around the Public Garden and finishing on Charles Street.
ENTRY FEE: $55.00 USD
About the B.A.A.:
Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of managing athletic events and promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. Each year the Association manages a comprehensive schedule of youth-running events, distance running training programs, and large-scale races in the city of Boston. Most noteworthy is the Boston Marathon, the world's most prestigious and oldest continually run marathon. Since the inaugural race in 1897, the Boston Marathon has been the pinnacle for distance running worldwide, a position which was reinforced in 1986 with the help of principal sponsor John Hancock Financial. In 2006, the Boston Marathon joined the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the Berlin Marathon, the Virgin London Marathon, and the ING New York City Marathon to form the World Marathon Majors.