Still Time to Register for the Inaugural B.A.A. Distance Medley; Get a Spot in this Limited Field
The Boston Athletic Association is launching a new concept in Boston, the B.A.A. distance Medley beginning with 5K April 15, 10K running on Sunday, June 24, and B.A.A. Half Marathon on October 7, 2012. Registration is still open for this unique series of events which will begin the day before the venerable B.A.A. Boston Marathon. Registration is entirely online; this is your chance!
Posted Tuesday, 31 January, 2012
This new medley of distance running will begin with the B.A.A. 5K the Sunday before the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, the most famous road race in the world. It will continue with the B.A.A. 10K, which was launched last year; the second running will be on June 24. As with all B.A.A. events, it will be innovative and intense, vibrant, empowering and enduring, mesmerizing and memorable—this was a tremendously popular new race in Boston last summer and open to all, with an 8:00 a.m. start. The enormously popular B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund will anchor the inaugural B.A.A. Distance Medley, running on October 7 through the famous Emerald Necklace.
Distance Medley female and male Champions will earn $100,000 in prize money. Each woman and man with the lowest cumulative time for all three events takes home this big pay day, so the competition and the profile of this series will be intense. You can be part of the first annual in what is sure to become a legendary classic.
Anyone can sign up for this—no qualifying standards—this Distance Medley will have some of the most elite athletes in the world competing. The top distance runners in the will fight it out again on the streets of Beantown. For example, Geoffrey Mutai ran the world’s fastest marathon at Boston last year, 2:03:02 or 57 seconds under the world record held by Haile Gebrselassie, then came back to take on and win the inaugural B.A.A. 10K. Moses Mosop finished second at the 2011 Boston and Gebre Gebremarium was third, and they matched up again in that memorable B.A.A. 10K. Boston Marathon legends Joan Benoit Samuelson and Bill Rodgers also toed the line for the 10K last June. You can register at www.baa.org
The B.A.A. Distance Medley will be a unique opportunity for you to participate in these three B.A.A. events in Boston and get in early, because all three events will close out. Each event has excellent closed course, a scenic tour through the Back Bay. The B.A.A. 5K will take place on part of the marathon course with the same finish line, while the 10K will start on Charles Street between the Boston Common and the Public Garden. As with the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, and individual medley race B.A.A. 5K, and B.A.A. 10K and Half Marathon this B.A.A. Distance Medley will most certainly sell out; but as of now it is still available.
Everyone who competes in all three events will be awarded a very special commemorative medal for the series, in addition to the really impressive finishers' medals for each event separately--but only if you register for the Medley.. And if you register right now--this is closing at midnight on the 31st--you will have your performances posted on the B.A.A. Distance Medley Web Page. AND you will be issued special bib numbers so all will know who you are.
The regular registration dates for the individual races are as follows:
B.A.A 5K, running April 15, 2012 Registration opens Wednesday, February 1, 2012.
B.A.A 10K, running June 24, 2012 Registration opens Wednesday, May 2, 2012
B.A.A Half Marathon, running October 7, 2012 Registration opens Wednesday, July 18, 2012.
The minimum age to sign up for the Medley is 14 years. Registration for the B.A.A. Distance Medley is only for all three races in combination. If only running one or two events you will have to wait until registration opens for each individual event.
This is a terrific way to help celebrate the 125th year of the Boston Athletic Association, a non-profit organization which manages events, small and large and promotes a healthy lifestyle through sports. The B.A.A. also sponsors the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk and a variety of youth running events and distance running training programs. Members of the B.A.A made up much of the track and field Olympic team at the original modern era Athens Olympics in 1896. The B.A.A. Boston Marathon was founded the following year, 1897.
The Half Marathon is in its eleventh year, and the B.A.A. 5K began in 2009 on Marathon weekend. The B.A.A. also participates in sponsoring the Mayor’s Cup Cross Country Races in Franklin Park (October). This B.A.A. Distance Medley will become a premier national event that attracts a star-studded field.
Now you have the opportunity to participate in all three of these B.A.A. events and run on the same courses at the same time as the previous winners and many other elite athletes. Register now and take advantage of this inaugural classic series, a historic event, and start your own tradition. Register now and we will see you in Boston on April 15, 2012. www.baa.org