B.A.A. and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Celebrate Ten Years of Partnership

Contact Info:
Marc Davis (Communications Manager)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
02 OCT 2012
12th B.A.A. Half Marathon is on Sunday, October 7

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute commemorate ten years of partnership with the 12th B.A.A. Half Marathon on Sunday, October 7. The B.A.A. Half Marathon has been presented annually by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund since 2003.

“It is with great pride that we commemorate ten years of partnership with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund,” said Thomas S. Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. “Raising funds and creating a positive impact in the Greater Boston community is critical to the success of our mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle. This partnership allows us to continue to do just that, and we are pleased to support Dana-Farber while encouraging an active lifestyle.”

More than 500 of the 7,000 entrants in this year’s B.A.A. Half Marathon will be running to support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber, with the goal of raising more than $550,000. Dana-Farber runners have raised more than $3 million through their participation in the B.A.A. Half Marathon since 2003. Additionally, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has participated since 1990 in the Boston Marathon Official Charity Program, which is now in its 25th year and has raised more than $130 million.

“We are thrilled to celebrate a decade of partnership with the Boston Athletic Association in the half marathon and are extremely grateful for their generosity in helping us in the fight against cancer,” said Suzanne Fountain, director of the Jimmy Fund.  “We’re honored by the B.A.A.’s tireless efforts to raise critical funds for Dana-Farber that have made a difference in the lives of our patients and cancer patients worldwide.”

Home to many of the world’s groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research and treatment, Dana-Farber and its clinicians and scientists have transformed the way cancer is treated during the past six decades.  Since 1948, the Jimmy Fund has raised more than $750 million to support and advance Dana-Farber’s lifesaving mission.

The 12th B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, begins on Sunday, October 7 at 8:30 a.m. Starting and finishing in Boston’s Franklin Park, the race highlights the beauty of Boston and Brookline’s Emerald Necklace park system while furthering the B.A.A.’s mission of promoting health and fitness. After its start in Franklin Park, the race takes runners along the Emerald Necklace park system on an out-and-back route that puts autumn’s foliage on full display. 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.

Along with the nearly 7,000 runners expected to participate, a field of international athletes will compete for a prize purse of over $38,000. The B.A.A. Half Marathon also marks the final race of the B.A.A. Distance Medley, a three-race series which combines the B.A.A. 5K, B.A.A. 10K, and B.A.A. Half Marathon to crown an overall male and female champion. The male and female with the fastest cumulative time across all three races will each receive $100,000.


About Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a principal teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School and is among the leading cancer research and care centers in the United States. It is a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC), designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute. It provides adult cancer care with Brigham and Women’s Hospital as Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and it provides pediatric care with Boston Children’s Hospital as Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center. Dana-Farber is the top ranked cancer center in New England, according to U.S. News & World Report, and one of the largest recipients among independent hospitals of National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health grant funding. Follow Dana-Farber on Twitter: @danafarber or Facebook: facebook.com/danafarbercancerinstitute.

About the Boston Athletic Association
Established in 1887, and now in its 125th year, 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.  Nearly 50,000 runners will participate in B.A.A. events in 2012.

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.