B.A.A. Half Marathon Quickly Reaches Field Size Limit

Contact Info:
Marc Davis (Communications Manager)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
18 JUL 2012
B.A.A. Distance Medley entrants headline the field

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that registration for the 2012 B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, has closed after its 7,000 entrant field size limit was reached in one hour. The twelfth edition of New England’s premier half marathon is set for Sunday, October 7, 2012, and will be the final race in the inaugural B.A.A. Distance Medley.

The B.A.A. Half Marathon is presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Through its Running the Race Against Cancer® team of participants, nearly 600 runners will advance cancer research and improve patient care through their fundraising efforts. A limited number of entries remain available for those wishing to run as part of the Dana-Farber Team. Go to www.rundanafarber.org for details and to register.

B.A.A. Executive Director Tom Grilk noted, “The rapid filling of the B.A.A. Half Marathon field speaks to the depth of our running tradition here in Boston, at all levels of participation. We at the B.A.A. are privileged to be part of it, and we will continue to look for additional ways to help to continue the development and growth of that tradition.”

Included among the 7,000 entrants will be a field of top international athletes, vying for a combined prize purse of $38,400. Additionally, $100,000 will be awarded to the male and female atop the B.A.A. Distance Medley standings after the conclusion of the B.A.A. Half Marathon.

The B.A.A. Half Marathon marks the third and final race of the B.A.A. Distance Medley, a three-race series which combines the B.A.A. 5K on April 15, the B.A.A. 10K on June 24, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon on October 7. One male and one female champion will hold the title of B.A.A. Distance Medley champion at the conclusion of the B.A.A. Half Marathon, and scoring for the B.A.A. Distance Medley is based on the cumulative time of all three races. The aggregate scoring system is intended to maximize interest in the series among runners, the general public, and the media. With only one race remaining, four men are within seconds of each other and three women remain in contention for the title.

Among the B.A.A. Distance Medley competitors taking part in the B.A.A. Half Marathon are reigning B.A.A. Half Marathon champion and current B.A.A. Distance Medley men’s leader Ali Abdosh, of Ethiopia; 2012 Olympian and B.A.A. Distance Medley women’s leader Kim Smith, of New Zealand, who won the B.A.A. 10K last month. Other contenders for the B.A.A. Distance Medley title are B.A.A. 5K runner-up Sam Chelanga, of Kenya, who was runner-up at the 2011 B.A.A. Half Marathon; and Allan Kiprono and Lani Rutto, both of Kenya, who are also very much in contention. Kiprono was fifth place at both the 5K and 10K, while Rutto was third place at the 5K and seventh place at the 10K. The women who are closest to Smith in the standings are Aheza Kiros, of Ethiopia, who placed second at both the 5K and 10K; and Jelliah Tinega, of Kenya, who was eighth at the 5K and fourth at the 10K.

After the B.A.A. 5K, the first race of the three-race series, Chelanga and Kiros led the standings by thee and five seconds, respectively. Then, after a third place finish by Abdosh and a record setting win by Smith, new leaders were atop the standings following June’s B.A.A. 10K.

Men’s Distance Medley Leaders:
Name (Citizenship)                          Age                  
Ali Abdosh (ETH)                               24                                            
Sam Chelanga (KEN)                      27                                
Allan Kiprono (KEN)                         22        
Lani Rutto (KEN)                               23

Women’s Distance Medley Leaders:
Name (Citizenship)                          Age     
Kim Smith (NZL)                               30        
Aheza Kiros (ETH)                            26        
Jelliah Tinega (KEN)                        26        

Starting and finishing at White Stadium in Boston’s Franklin Park, the B.A.A. Half Marathon showcases Boston’s Emerald Necklace park system, as well as the Dorchester and Jamaica Plain neighborhoods. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. on the Sunday of the Columbus Day holiday weekend.

Since the race’s inception in 2001, the B.A.A. has directed a portion of the entry fees towards the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, which works to preserve, maintain, and promote the historic park system. The Emerald Necklace park system was developed by America’s first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon features recreational use and appreciation of the landscape, waterways and parkways as they were intended at the time of design in the late 1800s. The Franklin Park Zoo also has been an attraction of the B.A.A. Half Marathon since 2001.

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. The B.A.A.'s Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial. The Boston Marathon is part of the World Marathon Majors along with the Virgin London Marathon, BMW Berlin Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and the ING New York City Marathon.


B.A.A. Media Contacts:

T.K. Skenderian (617-778-1632; tk@baa.org); or,
Marc Davis (617-778-1633; mobile: 703-439-0751; mdavis@baa.org)

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.