The Inaugural B.A.A. 10K in Boston—Still Time to Get in This Limited Field
The Boston Athletic Association is launching a new race in Boston, the B.A.A. 10K, running on Sunday, June 26, 2011. Registration is still open for this unique event which will start and end on Charles Street between the Boston Common and the Public Garden. If you have been shut out of previous B.A.A. events, the Boston Marathon, B.A.A. 5K or B.A.A. Half Marathon, this is your chance!
Posted Tuesday, 7 June, 2011
This new annual celebration of distance running is the June complement—young cousin-to the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, the most famous road race in the world. As with all B.A.A. events, it will be innovative and intense, vibrant, empowering and enduring, mesmerizing and memorable—it is a new race in Boston open to all, with an 8:00 a.m. start.
Although anyone can sign up for this—no qualifying standards—this race will have some of the most elite athletes in the world competing. The top three men in the 2011 B.A.A. Boston Marathon will return to fight it out again on the streets of Beantown, and the women’s winner, Caroline Kilel (fourth fastest ever at Boston) will also return for this one. Geoffrey Mutai ran the world’s fastest marathon at Boston this year, 2:03:02 or 57 seconds under the world record held by Haile Gebrselassie. Moses Mosop finished second at the 2011 Boston and Gebre Gebremarium was third. They will match up again for the inaugural B.A.A. 10K. Boston Marathon legends Joan Benoit Samuelson and Bill Rodgers will also toe the line for the 10K. You can register at www.baa.org/races/10K
The B.A.A. 10K will be a unique opportunity for you to participate in a B.A.A. event in Boston and enjoy an excellent closed course, a scenic tour through the Back Bay. It will start on Charles Street between the Boston Common and the Public Garden, and will finish there as well (similar to the Tufts 10K for Women). As with the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, B.A.A. 5K, and B.A.A. Half Marathon this event will most certainly sell out; but as of now it is still available. The field limit is 5,000.
Sign up by Sunday, JUne 12 and you can participate in a FREE running/race clinic, which will be held at the John Hancock Conference Center on Monday, June 13 at 6:00 p.m. It will feature a course preview and a Q&A session with B.A.A. officials. Please see the Website for details www.baa.org/races/10K
Just announced: The top three in each age group will receive gift certificates for adidas footwear and apparel good at Marathon Sports.
Starting adjacent to the Boston Common, the course turns left off Charles onto Beacon Street, passing the famous Bull & Finch Pub made famous as the legendary Cheers (you and your party are invited to go to the Bull & Finch following the race and the entire party will get a 15% discount for your efforts). Runners will turn left again on Arlington with a right on beautiful Commonwealth Avenue heading west on Commonwealth with a turn on Charlesgate to Bay State Road and a tour of Boston University.
It continues on Commonwealth from Granby with a turnaround between Babcock Street and Winslow Road. Returning on Commonwealth, the course goes by Fenway Park at Kenmore Square and continues along the flat and fast, picturesque Commonwealth Mall. The course rounds the Public Garden via Arlington and Boylston with a triumphant finish on Charles Street.
There will be $30,000 in prize money going ten deep in the open (first is $5,000); three deep in Masters and Wheelchair (see the Website www.baa.org/events/10K for prize and other details.
Amenities will include adidas T-shirts, bag check, organized race warm up (6:30 to 7:50), optional training programs, B-chip (chip embedded in the bib number, a three-wave start to avoid crowding, easy public transportation access via the T, post race refreshments on the Boston Common, and top rate race organization by the B.A.A.
The venerable B.A.A. began in 1887, and is in its 124th year of existence. It is a non-profit organization which manages athletic events and promotes a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. They sent the majority of the track and field team to the first Olympics in 1896, and started the Boston (American) Marathon, modeled after the first Olympic Marathon, in 1897. It is the oldest continuously run marathon in the world, and has become the standard. The B.A.A. racing teams, both women and men, are still running very strong, both regionally and nationally.
BRING THE KIDS ON JUNE 26--They Have a Free Fun Run
At 9:30 a.m., after the B.A.A. 10K on June 26, kids between four- and 11-years-old are invited to participate in complimentary and fun kids races at Boston Common on the baseball field. The race distances will depend on the age of the participants, with four- and five-year-olds competing in the shortest distance, and ten- and 11-year-olds competing in the longest distance (approximately 400 meters). No pre-registration is necessary, just sign them up on race morning. And all participants will receive a bib number and finisher’s ribbon. No other awards will be given. A race day registration table will be on-site near the start/finish area of the B.A.A. 10K on race morning. To help us prepare, please send an email to email@example.com with the age/gender of your child to let us know how many we can expect.
4-5 year olds: approximately 100 meters;
6-7 year olds: approximately 200 meters;
8-9 year olds: approximately 300 meters;
10-11 year olds: approximately 400 meters.
The B.A.A. Boston Marathon is the standard by which all are measured, races and marathon runners, of course. So too the B.A.A. sets the standard for excellence for race organizations. The big race is not the only B.A.A. venture. Over the last few decades they have been steadily diversifying into complementary events. Since 2001 the legendary B.A.A. has been presenting another race, the BAA Half Marathon. The 11th annual B.A.A. Half Marathon, which always sells out, will run on October 9th.
Also included on the busy BAA calendar include this year, the B.A.A. 5K, begun in 2009, and Invitational Mile on Marathon weekend. And he B.A.A. also participates in sponsoring the Mayor’s Cup Cross Country Races in Franklin Park (Oct. 23rd). This has become a premier national event that attracts a star-studded field. The B.A.A. also sponsors the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk and a variety of youth running events and distance running training programs.
Now you have the opportunity to participate in a B.A.A. event and run on the same course at the same time as the Boston Marathon winners and many other elite athletes. Perhaps you can run with Joan Benoit Samuelson or Bill Rodgers. Take advantage of this inaugural 10K race, a historic event, and start your own tradition similar to those who have run all 10 B.A.A. Half Marathons. Register now and we will see you in Boston on June 26, 2011. www.baa.org/races/10K