B.A.A.is Tri-umphant Taking Three Team Titles at the 2012 BAA Half Marathon

08 OCT 2012
B.A.A.is Tri-umphant Taking Three Team Titles at the 2012 BAA Half Marathon
While the B.A.A. Half Marathon continues to grow, so too do the number of titles won by the Men's and Women's Open Teams. In the twelve-year history of the event, only the B.A.A. has taken home top honors in the Men's and Women's Open Team races. The 2012 version of the race saw former Boston University teammates Eric Ashe and Peter Gilmore along with Jonathan Baker, Andreas Heilmann and Paul Ryan post a combined time of 5:54:16, over 77 minutes ahead of the runners-up. Ashe, Gilmore and Baker all finished in the top ten with Ashe leading the way in 6th, followed by Gilmore in 9th and Baker in 10th. Ashe's time of 1:07:25 is the third fastest time posted by a B.A.A. athlete and marked a 21/2 minute improvement over his 2011 time.

Leading the way for the women was Caroline Bjune. Her 1:20:45 was good enough for 6th place and secured her third-place finish in the Inaugural B.A.A. Distance Medley. Rachel Asher was next in 7th place overall. Mary Beth Ryan ran a personal best of 1:28:28 to round out the team finish. Their combined time of 4:11:07 gave them a comfortable 27+ minute victory.

Joining the open teams on the podium this year was the Men's Masters' Team. Wayne Levy and Christopher Lawrence finished close together in 1:16:20 and 1:16:32 respectively. Paul Davies, James Ellis and David Consigli comprised the winning team with an hour to spare. In the individual age group competition, 2001 B.A.A. Half Marathon Champion Wayne Levy was third in the Masters' competition; Harry Carter won the 75-79 age group in 1:48:21 and Anthony Cellucci took top honors in the 80+ division.

In all the 2012 B.A.A. Half Marathon boasted and event-record 5,421 finishers. Of the 35 B.A.A. club members racing, fifteen finished in the top hundred with thirteen finishing in the top fifty. In all, twenty-eight B.A.A. runners placed in the top 10% of the field. Results are listed below.

RESULTS
6 . Eric Ashe 1:07:29
9 . Peter Gilmore 1:08:41
11 . Jonathan Baker 1:11:20
13 . Andreas Heilmann 1:12:34
19 . Paul Ryan 1:14:12
20 . Brian Hughes 1:14:15
22 . Kevin Bolger 1:16:18
23 . Wayne Levy 1:16:20
25 . Christopher Lawrence 1:16:32
26 . Sean Hyland 1:16:47
41 . Bastien Martini 1:20:28
44 . Caroline Bjune 1:20:47 (6th Place Female)
47 . Paul Davies 1:21:17
52 . Rachel Asher 1:21:52 (7th Place Female)
85 . Alexander Kolb 1:24:38
109 . Christopher Marshall 1:26:32
115 . James Ellis 1:26:58
122 . Matthew Herman 1:27:29
139 . David Consigli 1:28:13
142 . Mary Beth Ryan 1:28:28
153 . Amanda Walsh 1:28:49
160 . John Barrett 1:29:00
187 . Craig MacFarlane 1:29:51
206 . Alicia Follmar 1:30:26
212 . Ben Krass 1:30:47
216 . Ann Morrissey 1:30:51
258 . Brian Foley 1:32:07
401 . John Podobinski 1:35:14
632 . Samantha Noonan 1:39:25
1358 . Harry Carter 1:48:21
1441 . Mae Shoemaker 1:49:06
2516 . David Rein 1:58:31
2608 . Michael Goolkasan, 1:59:17
5209 . Mark Monti 2:39:44
5420 . Anthony Cellucci 3:24:54

MEN'S OPEN

1. Boston Athletic Association 5:54:16
Eric Ashe 1:07:29, Peter Gilmore 1:08:41, Jonathan Baker 1:11:20, Andreas Heilmann 1:12:34, Paul Ryan 1:14:12;(Brian Hughes 1:14:15, Kevin Bolger 1:16:18)
2. Somerville Road Runners 7:11:34
3. L Street Running Club 7:38:38

WOMEN'S OPEN
1. Boston Athletic Association 4:11:07
Caroline Bjune 1:20:47, Rachel Asher 1:21:52, Mary Beth Ryan 1:28:28, (Amanda Walsh 1:28:49, Alicia Follmar 1:30:26; Ann Morrissey 1:30:51, Samantha Noonan 1:39:25)
2. Somerville Road Runners 4:39:04
3. L Street Running Club 4:40:46

MEN'S MASTERS
1. Boston Athletic Association 6:49:20
Wayne Levy 1:16:20, Christopher Lawrence 1:16:32, Paul Davies 1:21:17, James Ellis 1:26:58, David Consigli 1:28:13;(John Barrett 1:29:00, Craig Macfarlane 1:29:51);
2. HFC Striders 7:49:49
3. L Street Running 7:53:05

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B.A.A. Moment 8

1996 - Centennial Boston Marathon

The historic centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 was monumental for many reasons. It was the not only the first time that the ChampionChip timing and scoring device was used in a major US Marathon, but it was the largest running event ever held at the time. 

The starting field of 38,708 stood for more than seven years as the largest in the history of the sport. Included among the finishers were 16 Boston champions.