Event on Boston Marathon® weekend quickly reached its field size limit of 10,000 entrants.
BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that registration for the 2014 B.A.A. 5K has closed after its 10,000 entrant field size limit was reached. The B.A.A. 5K will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014, two days prior to the Boston Marathon® and will be the first event of the 2014 B.A.A. Distance Medley. Registration opened on Wednesday, February 5 at 10:00 a.m. ET and closed approximately one day later at 3:25 p.m. ET.
The start and finish line for the B.A.A. 5K have been relocated from Copley Square to Charles Street between the Boston Public Garden and Boston Common to accommodate the larger field size. The 2014 B.A.A. 5K course will be a scenic tour through Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood and participants will pass Boston landmarks including Newbury Street and the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street before returning to Charles Street for the finish.
The B.A.A. 5K is the first race of the 2014 B.A.A. Distance Medley, a three-race series which combines the B.A.A. 5K, the B.A.A. 10K on June 22, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, on October 12. Already registered for the 2014 B.A.A. 5K were 2,625 runners who signed up for all three events of the 2014 B.A.A. Distance Medley in January.
A prize purse of $39,900 USD is at stake in the B.A.A. 5K. Prize money will be distributed to the top ten 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 on gun time results. The overall men’s and women’s B.A.A. 5K champions will each receive $7,500 in prize money.
In the 2013 B.A.A. 5K, 2012 Olympic silver medalist, Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH), set a new event record of 13:37. He was followed by Aaron Braun (USA) and 2012 B.A.A. Distance Medley runner-up, Lani Rutto (KEN) in 13:40 and 13:41, respectively.
In the women's race, defending B.A.A. Distance Medley champion Kim Smith (NZL) won in 15:16, narrowly missing the event record of 15:12 set in 2012 by Werknesh Kidane (ETH). Lineth Chepkurui (KEN) finished second in 15:23 and Molly Huddle (USA) finished third in 15:28.
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