MEDIA ADVISORY: 13th B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund

Contact Info:
Marc Davis (Communications Manager)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
09 OCT 2013
Starts and Finishes at Boston’s Franklin Park and Includes 7,500 Runners. Road Closures in Effect on Course on Sunday, October 13 in Brookline and Boston.

13th B.A.A. HALF MARATHON: The 13th B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, highlights the beauty of Boston's Emerald Necklace park system while furthering the B.A.A.'s mission of promoting health and fitness. The race will start and finish at White Stadium in Boston’s Franklin Park on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. ET and will include more than 7,500 participants.

DANA-FARBER CANCER INSTITUTE AND THE JIMMY FUND:  The B.A.A. Half Marathon has been presented annually by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund since 2003. Through Dana-Farber’s official team of participants, more than 650 runners will raise funds to advance cancer research and improve patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Since 2003, Dana-Farber runners have raised more than $4 million USD at this event. 


  • Shuttle service for runners and warm-up: 6:30 - 7:45 a.m.
  • Roads close within Franklin Park: 7:45 a.m. 
  • Start of the Wheelchair Division: 8:20 a.m.
  • START OF B.A.A. HALF MARATHON: 8:30 a.m.
  • Post-race refreshments & entertainment: 10:15 a.m.
  • Return shuttle service commences: 10:30 a.m.
  • Awards Ceremony: 10:30 a.m.
  • Official timing concludes: 11:00 a.m.
  • Finish area and facilities close: 12:00 p.m.
  • Return shuttle service ends: 12:30 p.m.

ROAD CLOSURES ON OCTOBER 13:  The B.A.A. appreciates the cooperation it has received from the City of Boston and Town of Brookline and the Department of Conservation and Recreation, as well as neighborhood and advocacy groups along the Emerald Necklace park system. To view the B.A.A. Half Marathon course map, please visit

  • Roads along the Emerald Necklace park system will begin to close as early as 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 13.
  • Roads will be re-opened through the course of the morning by the Massachusetts State Police.
  • Residents or commuters located north of Jamaica Pond on the Jamicaway or the Riverway, or on the segments of Pond Avenue, Perkins Street, and Francis Parkman Drive that overlook the Emerald Necklace park system should take into consideration that there will be closures in place until 11:00 a.m. on October 13.
  • Residents or commuters located south of Jamaica Pond on the Jamaicaway or the Arborway should take into consideration that there will be closures in place, including the Monsignor William Casey Overpass, on October 13 until 11:30 a.m.

2013 B.A.A. DISTANCE MEDLEY TO AWARD $200,000 USD PRIZE:  The B.A.A. Half Marathon is the third and final event of the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley, a three-race series that includes the B.A.A. 5K on April 14, the B.A.A. 10K on June 23, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon. The male and female with the fastest cumulative time will each receive $100,000 USD in prize money at the conclusion of the B.A.A. Half Marathon.

BOSTON MARATHON® CHAMPION LEADS ELITE FIELD:  2013 Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa, of Ethiopia, will lead an elite field of runners who will compete for the victory. Gebre Gebremariam, of Ethiopia, who placed third at both the 2011 and 2013 Boston Marathon will also be competing. New Zealand native and Providence, RI resident Kim Smith, a three-time Olympian and the defending B.A.A. Distance Medley champion, will look to defend her title in the women’s race. Kenya’s Stephen Sambu leads the men’s B.A.A. Distance Medley standings.

$38,400 USD PRIZE PURSE AT STAKE:  In addition to the $200,000 USD to be split equally between to the men’s and women’s champions of the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley, a prize purse of $38,400 USD is at stake in the B.A.A. Half Marathon. Prize money will be distributed to the top 10 runners overall, the top three in the masters (40 and older) division, and the top three in the push rim wheelchair division. Prize money awards are equal for men and women.

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP:  Since the event’s inception, a portion of the entry fees for the B.A.A. Half Marathon have been directed towards the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, a non-profit organization working to restore, preserve, maintain, and promote this 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 the event’s inception in 2001.

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.