B.A.A. 5K Registration to Open Monday, February 4

Contact Info:
Marc Davis (Communications Manager)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
30 JAN 2013
Held on April 14, the B.A.A. 5K on Boston Marathon weekend has a field size limit of 6,500 entrants

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that registration for the B.A.A. 5K will begin at 10:00 a.m. ET on Monday, February 4, 2013. The Fifth B.A.A. 5K will be held at 8:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, April 14, 2013, one day before the 117th Boston Marathon. Registration will be held online at www.baa.org and will be limited to 6,500 entrants. The cost to register is $45 (USD) and participants must be at least 10 years of age to register.

This year, the B.A.A. has announced a slightly modified course for the B.A.A. 5K. The starting line will now be located near 500 Boylston Street between Clarendon and Berkeley Streets. Following a scenic tour through Boston’s Back Bay and Beacon Hill neighborhoods, the course extends farther west toward Kenmore Square before turning back toward Copley Square. The race will once again finish at the Boston Marathon finish line in Copley Square Park.

“In just five years, the B.A.A. 5K has grown into a Boston Marathon weekend tradition that has been embraced by elite and recreational runners alike,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. “The B.A.A. 5K and the B.A.A. Invitational Mile races that follow create a surge of energy and running spirit that primes competitors and spectators throughout the City of Boston for an exciting Boston Marathon.”

For the second year, the B.A.A. 5K will mark the beginning of the B.A.A. Distance Medley, a three-race series which combines the B.A.A. 5K in April, the B.A.A. 10K in June, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, in October. Each of the three races will have its own prize purse. In addition, the male and female B.A.A. Distance Medley champions, determined by the lowest cumulative gun time over the three races, will earn $100,000 in prize money.

A prize purse of nearly $25,000 is at stake in the B.A.A. 5K. Prize money will be distributed to the top 10 runners overall, the top three in the masters division, and the top three in the push rim wheelchair division. Prize money awards are equal for men and women and are based upon gun time results. The men’s and women’s B.A.A. 5K champions will each receive $4,000.

In the 2012 B.A.A. 5K, both the men’s and women’s course records were broken. Six men remained in contention for the win entering the final straightaway on Boylston Street. American Ben True (NH) claimed his second consecutive victory and lowered his own course record to 13:41. Sam Chelanga (KEN) placed second in 13:43, while Lani Rutto (KEN) finished third in 13:46.

Werknesh Kidane (ETH) took the lead early in the 2012 B.A.A. 5K and held it, winning and setting a course record of 15:12. Behind Kidane, Aheza Kiros (ETH) and Kim Smith (NZL) rounded out the top three, finishing in 15:21 and 15:26, respectively.

B.A.A. 5K Past Champions

2009 Jarrod Shoemaker (USA) 26 14:28
Maria Varela (USA) 27 17:36
2010 Josh Cox (USA) 34 14:31
Jennifer Campbell (USA) 26 16:51
2011 Ben True (USA) 25 14:07
Lineth Chepkurui (KEN) 24 15:52
2012 Ben True (USA) 26 13:41 *
Werknesh Kidane (ETH) 31 15:12 *

* Course record

For more information on the B.A.A. 5K, please visit www.baa.org

B.A.A. Moment 1

1920 - Ashland Start

The Boston Marathon began in Ashland, Massachusetts from 1897 through 1923 then moved to Hopkinton for the 1924 race. The course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton. Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.