B.A.A. Distance Medley Registration to Open Wednesday January 22

Contact Info:
Marc Davis (Communications Manager)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
17 JAN 2014
Exclusive Three-Race Registration Window Will Remain Open for One Week

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that registration for the 2014 B.A.A. Distance Medley will begin on Wednesday, January 22 at 10:00 a.m. ET and will continue until Wednesday, January 29 at 5:00 p.m. ET. During this exclusive registration window, runners interested in entering all three events of the B.A.A. Distance Medley may register for the series. Registration will be held online at www.baa.org and will be limited to 3,000 entrants. Each of the three races will have its own field size limit.

The B.A.A. Distance Medley is a three-race series which includes the B.A.A. 5K on Saturday, April 19, the B.A.A. 10K on Sunday, June 22, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, on Sunday, October12.

“We are pleased to continue the B.A.A. Distance Medley, which offers a unique and competitive series for both recreational and professional runners,” said B.A.A. Executive Director Tom Grilk. “Many recreational runners who are making their training and racing plans in 2014 will look to this series, which provides three races progressively increasing in distance during the course of the year. The addition of age group awards will add to the spirit of competition in the B.A.A. Distance Medley.”

New for the 2014 B.A.A. Distance Medley, age group awards will be given to the top three finishers in each of the following age groups: 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80+. Age groups are determined by the athlete’s age on the day of the 2014 B.A.A. Half Marathon, which is scheduled to be held on Sunday, October 12.  

Every registered participant who completes the 2014 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 athlete 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 bib number which calls-out participation in the B.A.A. Distance Medley.

In 2013, a total of 2,048 runners registered for the B.A.A. Distance Medley and 1,319 runners completed the series. The B.A.A. Distance Medley registration window of January 22 through January 29 is only available to those runners who wish to register for the entire series. The cost to register is $200 USD. The minimum age for entry into the B.A.A. Distance Medley is 14 years of age. Runners interested in registering for one or two of the three events must do so when registration opens for those individual events.

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 in 2014:

B.A.A. 5K (first race) Sat, April 19 Wed, February 5, 10:00 a.m. ET
B.A.A. 10K (second race) Sun, June 22 Thur, May 1, 10:00 a.m, ET
B.A.A. HALF MARATHON (third race) Sun, October 12 Wed, July 16, 10:00 a.m. ET

In the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley, the male and female champions, determined by the lowest cumulative gun time in the three-race series were Kenya’s Stephen Sambu and New Zealand's Kim Smith.

After placing fifth at the B.A.A. 5K in 13:47 and first in the B.A.A. 10K in 28:06, Sambu placed third in the B.A.A. Half Marathon with a time of 1:00:41. His cumulative time was 1:42:34.

Smith, a resident of Providence, RI, won the B.A.A. Distance Medley for the second consecutive year in 2013. She won the B.A.A. 5K in 15:16, placed second in the B.A.A. 10K in 33:34, and won the B.A.A. Half Marathon in an event record time of 1:09:14. Her cumulative time was 1:58:04.

Participation and performance details for professional athletes in 2014, including prize purses and bonus incentives, will be announced in early February.

B.A.A. Moment 2

1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.