B.A.A. Distance Medley Registration to Open January 23

Contact Info:
Marc Davis (Communications Manager)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
11 JAN 2013
Exclusive Three-Race Registration Window Will Extend for One Week.
BOSTON - The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that registration for the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley will begin at 10:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, and will continue until Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. ET. During this exclusive registration window, runners interested in entering all three of the B.A.A. Distance Medley events will have the opportunity to sign up for the series. Registration will be held online at www.baa.org and will be limited to the first 2,500 registrants. Each of the three races will have its own maximum field size limit.

The B.A.A. Distance Medley will begin with the B.A.A. 5K on April 14, 2013, followed by the B.A.A. 10K on June 23, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, on October 13. Each of the three races will have its own prize purse. In addition, the male and female B.A.A. Distance Medley champions will earn $100,000 in prize money. The individual male and female series champions will be determined by the lowest cumulative gun time over the three races.

“Based on the success of the inaugural B.A.A. Distance Medley in 2012, which helped celebrate our organization’s 125th Anniversary, we are pleased to continue the series in 2013,” said B.A.A. Executive Director Tom Grilk. “The B.A.A. Distance Medley is a series around which many local runners gear their running plans, and it provides a competitive opportunity for interested professional runners.”

Everyone who completes the B.A.A. Distance Medley will receive a special commemorative medal for the series in addition to receiving a finisher’s medal for each race. Each runner will also be listed on the B.A.A. Distance Medley Leader Board, which displays the top male and female competitors throughout the series. Each runner who registers for the entire B.A.A. Distance Medley this January will receive a unique bib number to be used throughout the series indicating they are B.A.A. Distance Medley participants. In 2012, a total of 1492 runners registered for the B.A.A. Distance Medley and 931 runners completed the series.

The B.A.A. Distance Medley registration window of January 23 through January 31 is only available to runners who wish to sign up for all three events in the series. The cost to register for the B.A.A. Distance Medley is $175 (USD). The minimum age for entry into the B.A.A. Distance Medley is 14 years old. Runners interested in registering for only one or two of the three events in the series must do so when registration opens for those individual races.

In addition to the registration dates for the B.A.A. Distance Medley, the B.A.A. has established the registration dates for the individual events of the series for 2013:

B.A.A. 5K Sunday, April 14 Monday, February 4, 10:00 a.m. ET
B.A.A. 10K Sunday, June 23 Wednesday, May 1, 10:00 a.m. ET
B.A.A. Half Marathon Sunday, October 13 Wednesday, July 17, 10:00 a.m. ET

Last year marked the inaugural running of the B.A.A. Distance Medley, and Allan Kiprono (KEN) was the men’s champion. After placing 5th in both the B.A.A. 5K and B.A.A. 10K with times of 13:48 and 28:37, respectively, Kiprono ran an event record time of 1:01:44 to win the B.A.A. Half Marathon. His cumulative time was 1:44:09.

Kim Smith (NZL) was the women’s B.A.A. Distance Medley champion in 2012. Smith placed 3rd at the B.A.A. 5K in 15:26 before setting a course record of 31:36 in her victory at the B.A.A. 10K. She won the B.A.A. Half Marathon in 1:10:57, giving her a cumulative time of 1:57:59. Kiprono and Smith both received $100,000 in prize money for their victories.

For more information on the B.A.A. Distance Medley, please visit www.baa.org.

About the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.)

Established in 1887 and now in its 125th Anniversary 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 international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. The 117th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 15, 2013.  Nearly 50,000 runners will participate in B.A.A. events in 2013.

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.