From the Mountains to the Praries: B.A.A. Athletes Place at Major Races

22 JUN 2012
From the Mountains to the Praries: B.A.A. Athletes Place at Major Races
Saturday, June 16th was a full day for B.A.A. athletes with the club represented in two major races in different parts of the country. Here in New England, several club members headed to the mountains to compete in the ever-competitive Mt. Washington race. Reigning World Mountain Running Champion, Kasie Enman placed third overall for the club in the women's race. Eric Blake, also a seasoned mountain runner and a member of several U.S. Mountain Running Teams, took third in the men's race.

Click here for the 2012 USATF Half Marathon Championship Results.

Meanwhile, out in the Midwest, Timothy Ritchie and Jeannette Faber also mirrored one another's performances, each taking fifth place at the U.S. Half Marathon Championships in Duluth, MN. Ritchie, who broke 4 minutes for the mile indoors this winter, continued to demonstrate his versatility, finishing in 1:03:57. Faber, who has recently run 33:12 for 10k on the track and competed in the 2012 US Olympic Team Trials-Women's Marathon, posted an impressive 1:13:27.

Click here for the 2012 USATF Half Marathon Championship Results.
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.