Second event of the B.A.A. Distance Medley on June 23 has reached its field size limit of 6,500 entrants
BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that registration for the B.A.A. 10K has closed after its 6,500 entrant field size limit was reached. The B.A.A. 10K will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2013, and will be the second race of the B.A.A. Distance Medley. Registration opened on May 8 at 10:00 a.m. ET and closed approximately 13 hours later at 11:15 p.m. ET.
The 6.2-mile course is a scenic tour through Boston's Back Bay. Notable neighborhoods and attractions include the legendary Bull and Finch Pub, after which the television series “Cheers” was developed, the campus of Boston University, and Kenmore Square. The race begins on Charles Street, winds down picturesque Commonwealth Avenue and Bay State Road as far west as Babcock Street near Boston University, before heading back on Commonwealth Avenue, around the Public Garden and finishing on Charles Street.
The B.A.A. 10K is the second race of the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley, a three-race series which combines the B.A.A. 5K in April; the B.A.A. 10K; 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 has 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.
Included among the 6,500 entrant field for the B.A.A. 10K are 2,035 runners who signed up for the B.A.A. Distance Medley in January. Also in the field will be an international field of elite runners competing for a total prize purse of nearly $30,000.
In the 2012 B.A.A. 10K, 2011 Boston Marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai defended his B.A.A. 10K title, winning in 27:29 over Kenyan compatriot Philip Langat, who finished in 27:53. Ethiopia’s Ali Abdosh rounded out the top three with a time of 28:21. Mutai’s time was the world’s fastest 10K time in 2012.
On the women’s side, New Zealand native and Providence, RI resident Kim Smith established a course record, running 31:36. Aheza Kiros (ETH) placed second in 31:57 and Sharon Cherop (KEN) finished third with a time of 32:03. Smith went on to win the 2012 B.A.A. Half Marathon and the B.A.A. Distance Medley.