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Second Annual B.A.A. 10K in Boston—Limited Field, Second Race in the Distance Medley
This spring the Boston Athletic Association launched the $100,000 Distance Medley with the 5K on Marathon weekend, and here comes the second race in Boston, the B.A.A. 10K, running on Sunday, June 24, 2012. Registration just opened for this unique event. 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!

Second Annual B.A.A. 10K in Boston—Limited Field, Second Race in the Distance Medley

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Thursday, 3 May, 2012

Registration just opened for the B.A.A. 10K, a terrific event in its second year following a wildly successful inaugural. This unique Boston classic will start and end on Charles Street between the Boston Common and the Public Garden, blasting off at 8:00 a.m. on June 24, 2012. This is your chance to run in a B.A.A. event, as their races have all sold out rather quickly.

This new annual celebration of distance running is the June cousin to the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, the most famous road race in the world; and the B.A.A. 5K on Marathon Weekend, now in the books, along with the B.A.A. Half Marathon on October 7, 2012. As with all B.A.A. events, it will be innovative and intense, vibrant, empowering and enduring, mesmerizing and memorable—it is a classic race in Boston open to all and featuring the three-race Distance Medley.

Although anyone can sign up for this—no qualifying standards, open to those participating in the Distance Medley as well as individual races—this event will have some of the most elite athletes in the world competing. Some of the top men in the 2012 B.A.A. Boston Marathon will return to fight it out again on the streets of Beantown, and some of the women who ran on Patriots Day will also return for this one. The top three in the unbelievable 2011 race competed in this event last year. Geoffrey Mutai ran the world’s fastest marathon at Boston in 2011, 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 matched up for inaugural B.A.A. 10K, and this year's competition will be equally intense. Boston Marathon legends Joan Benoit Samuelson and Bill Rodgers will also toe the line for the 10K.

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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 6,000.

Please see the Website for details

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 their 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, fast and picturesque Commonwealth Mall. The course rounds the Public Garden via Arlington and Boylston with a triumphant finish on Charles Street.

There will be $29,400 in prize money going ten deep in the open (first is $5,000); three deep in Masters and Push Rim Wheelchair (see the Website for prizes 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 first rate race organization by the B.A.A.

The venerable B.A.A. began in 1887, and is in its 125th 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 24--They Have a Free Fun Run
At 9:30 a.m., after the B.A.A. 10K, kids between four and 11-years-old are invited to participate in free and fun kids' races at Boston Common. 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 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. 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 12th annual B.A.A. Half Marathon, which always sells out, will run on October 7th. And of course this is the inaugural year of the B.A.A. Distance Medley, incorporating the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon into a series with $100,000 awaiting the overall Medley winning woman and man.

Also included on the busy BAA calendar this year, the B.A.A. 5K, begun in 2009, and Invitational Mile on Marathon weekend. And the B.A.A. also participates in sponsoring the Mayor’s Cup Cross Country Races in Franklin Park (Oct. 21st). 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 stars and many other elite athletes. Perhaps you can run with Joan Benoit Samuelson or Bill Rodgers. Were you there for the first one? If so take advantage of this second annual 10K race, a historic event, and continue your own tradition similar to those who have run all 11 B.A.A. Half Marathons. If you missed the first one, you definitely don't want to miss the second. Register now and we will see you in Boston on June 24, 2012.



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