Registration opens for the Inaugural B.A.A. Distance Medley

27 JAN 2012
BAA Distance Medley registration going strong

FOR RELEASE: Friday, January 27, 2012

Registration opens for the Inaugural B.A.A. Distance Medley

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) opened registration for the inaugural 2012 B.A.A. Distance Medley on Wednesday morning, and already has received 1,135 entries in the first 48 hours. Registration will continue until Tuesday, January 31 at 5:00 p.m. ET. During this exclusive medley registration window, runners will have the opportunity to sign up for the three-race series which includes the B.A.A 5K, B.A.A. 10K, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon. The Distance Medley is part of the B.A.A.'s 125th Anniversary year celebration, and offers $100,000 each to the champion of the series.

The B.A.A. encourages runners to take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to guarantee their place in the coming events. "All three of these races are growing in stature in the running community, and the concept of linking them in a series has been very well received", says Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. "We therefore see this as opportunity for runners not only to help structure their running calendar, but also to be a part of the history and the future of the B.A.A."

Some of the benefits associated with signing up during this registration period include being awarded a special commemorative medal for the finishers. Each athlete will also be listed in an exclusive medley leader board on the B.A.A. website. In addition, each athlete will receive a unique bib number to be used throughout the series, indicating they are B.A.A. Distance Medley participants.

Runners interested in signing up for one, or two of the three events must do so during the individual registration windows:

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

B.A.A. Moment 5

1977 - Bob Hall Becomes the First Person to Complete the Race in a Wheelchair

Shown here in 1977, Bob Hall pioneered the division when he became the first person to complete the race in a wheelchair in 1975, making good on his promise to finish in under three hours.