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 2

1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.