News and Notes for the 11th Annual BAA Half Marathon

04 OCT 2011
Basic Facts, Headlines to Expect on 10.9.11

Start Time:                    8:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 9, 2011
Start and Finish:       White Stadium, Boston’s Franklin Park
Distance:                    13 miles, 176 yards (21.082 Kilometers)
Organizer:                Boston Athletic Association
Presenting Sponsor:          Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund
Field Size:                       7,000 official participants

Course:  The B.A.A. Half Marathon course is an out-and-back route that takes runners along the Emerald Necklace park system, and includes a section of the Franklin Park Zoo. Franklin Park is one of the oldest in America, and is the largest jewel of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace park system, covering 527 acres in Dorchester and Roxbury.

Dana-Farber:  Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is on track to conquering major forms of cancer within this decade. Home to many of the world’s groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research and treatment, Dana-Farber is uniquely primed to transform this vision to a reality. Since 1948, the Jimmy Fund has served as the principal fundraising arm of Dana-Farber, raising millions of dollars to advance its lifesaving mission.

Community Partnership:  The City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department works in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Town of Brookline, and in conjunction with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy to provide upkeep and maintenance and to protect and promote the beautiful Emerald Necklace park system. Since its inception, a portion of B.A.A. Half Marathon entry fees have gone towards supporting the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.

Event Records:

 Men’s Open Tom Nyariki   36  KEN  1:02:20  2007
 Women’s Open  Caroline Rotich  26  KEN  1:10:52  2010
 Men' Wheelchair  Tony Nogueira  36, 40  NJ  53:07  2004, 2008
 Women's Wheelchair  Laurie Stephens   20  MA  1:09:44,  2004
 Men’s Masters  Eddy Hellebuyck  42  NM  1:05:12,  2003
 Women’s Masters  Firaya Sultanova-Zhdanova  44  RUS  1:15:19  2005

B.A.A. Moment 3

1966 - Bobbi Gibb

Although not an official entrant, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Joining the starting field shortly after the gun had been fired, Gibb finished the race in 3:21:40 to place 126th overall. Gibb again claimed the “unofficial” title in 1967 and 1968.