Join Dana-Farber’s Official Team for the B.A.A. Half Marathon®
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund is the presenting sponsor and exclusive charity partner of the B.A.A. Half Marathon; and registration for the official Dana-Farber B.A.A. Half Marathon Team is now open for this iconic event, running October 12, 2014. Hundreds of runners will enhance their training and race-day experience by joining this team! Are you in?
Posted Sunday, 10 August, 2014
Presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Jimmy Fund, and the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), the 14th annual B.A.A. Half Marathon will conclude the three-race B.A.A. Distance Medley. As in previous years, excitement is building as registration approaches for the 14th annual B.A.A. Half Marathon, with sign-up opening July 16 at 10:00 a.m. As in past years, it will sell out within hours.
Although race registration via the B.A.A. opens July 16, Dana-Farber is building its official team NOW for the B.A.A. Half Marathon. Spots are limited so please act fast! As a Dana-Farber team member, you receive a guaranteed race entry, a personal fundraising webpage, online tools and guidance for training and fundraising--fun and easy, and training plans from Boston Marathon Champion (1976) Jack Fultz.
Additionally, you will be given the cool and instantly recognized Dana-Farber singlet to wear on race day, and the opportunity to receive recognition as you achieve key fundraising milestones during the season. You may sign up as an individual or as part of a group; either way you will be part of the Dana-Farber Team.
The B.A.A. and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute commemorate twelve continuous years of partnership with the 14th B.A.A. Half Marathon, running Sunday, October 12. The B.A.A. Half Marathon has been presented annually by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund since 2001.
More than 500 of the 7,000 entrants in this year’s B.A.A. Half Marathon will be running to support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber, with the goal of exceeding the more than $6.7 million raised in 2013 in support of cancer research and patient care.
Additionally, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has participated since 1990 in the Boston Marathon Official Charity Program, which is now in its 25th year and has raised more than $140 million.
Dana-Farber and its clinicians and scientists have transformed cancer care and treatment over the past six decades. Dana-Farber is home to many of the world’s groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research and treatment. Since 1948, the Jimmy Fund has raised more than $750 million to support and advance Dana-Farber’s lifesaving mission.
The B.A.A. Half Marathon
The B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, begins at 8:30 a.m. Starting and finishing at White Stadium in Boston’s Franklin Park, the race highlights the beauty of Boston and Brookline’s Emerald Necklace park system while furthering the B.A.A.’s mission of promoting health and fitness.
After its start in Franklin Park, the race takes runners along the Emerald Necklace on an out-and-back route with autumn’s foliage on full display. Since the race’s inception in 2001, the B.A.A. has directed a portion of the entry fees towards the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, which works to preserve, maintain, and promote this historic park system.
Along with the nearly 7,000 runners expected to participate, a field of international athletes will compete for a prize purse of $55,000. The B.A.A. Half Marathon also marks the final race of the B.A.A. Distance Medley, a three-race series which combines the B.A.A. 5K, B.A.A. 10K, and B.A.A. Half Marathon to crown an overall male and female champion. The male and female with the fastest cumulative time across three races will each receive $100,000. This level of prize money means there will be an outstanding international field and will allow you to participate in the same event on the same roads and at the same time as some of the world’s best. Dana-Farber Team.
This course is beautiful and mostly flat, although hilly in spots, especially within Franklin Park. Runners will enjoy the scenery and the spirit of participation and competition. The sense of community, participation and camaraderie is exceptionally strong among the Dana-Farber Team. There will be crowds along the course cheering, a great community activity. The rolling course features a combined loop and out-and-back route, beginning and ending at White Stadium in Franklin Park.
The start is on Pierpont Road near the stadium and heads out of Franklin Park past Arnold Arboretum and Jamaica Pond. , the course follows the Arborway to the Jamaicaway, past Jamaica Pond and Willow Pond and through Olmstead Park to the turn-around on Riverway before coming back on the west side of the Emerald Necklace. It passes Leverett Pond, Jamaica Pond and Arnold Arboretum again before returning to Franklin Park for loops around the animal enclosures, finishing on the track in the stadium. B.A.A. Half Marathon Website: B.A.A. Half.
Last Race in the B.A.A. Distance Medley
Get a Spot in this Limited Field. This race will complete the third annual B.A.A. Distance Medley. Registration for the 10K closed out quickly, and registration for the B.A.A. Half Marathon will open July 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., and will close out within a few hours. This is your chance to insure your entry and to do good while running great in this hugely popular event. The competition and the profile of this series will be intense. You can be part of this legendary classic.
About Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a principal teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School and is among the leading cancer research and care centers in the United States. It is a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC), designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute. It provides adult cancer care with Brigham and Women’s Hospital as Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and it provides pediatric care with Boston Children’s Hospital as Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center. Dana-Farber is the top ranked cancer center in New England, according to U.S. News & World Report. Follow Dana-Farber on Twitter: @danafarber or Facebook: facebook.com/danafarbercancerinstitute.
About the Boston Athletic Association
Established in 1887, and now in its 127th year, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of managing athletic events and promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.'s Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and they manage other local events and support comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs. Nearly 60,000 runners will participate in B.A.A. events in 2014.
The venerable B.A.A. sent the majority of the track and field team to the first Olympics in 1896, and started the Boston (American) Marathon in 1897, modeled after the first Olympic Marathon. Boston is the oldest continuously run marathon in the world, and has become the standard. And Dana-Farber was the original charity partner of the B.A.A. and has a very strong presence at the marathon annually.
The B.A.A. Boston Marathon is the standard by which all are measured, both races and marathon runners. So, too, the B.A.A. sets the standard for excellence for race organizations. Now you have the opportunity to participate in a B.A.A. event and run with Boston Marathon stars and other elite athletes.
Storied Race in a Unique Setting
Imagine a 13.1 mile road race that combines the hustle and bustle of a city with a park setting and scenic foliage. The majority of the race runs through or along park land. It will be quintessential New England with foliage painting a beautiful backdrop for running.
The greenery of the “necklace,” extends five miles to the turnaround loop of the 13.1 mile race at the Riverway approaching the Back Bay Fens. The combination of the B.A.A.’s track record of excellence, combined with history and New England traditions in the fall are reasons this event will close quickly.
Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903)
Though the race course was designed by the B.A.A. staff, some credit for course design should be given to Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted was the father of landscape architecture and created the Emerald Necklace, designed and built over 18 years, 1878 to 1896. His vision was to create a unique linear park system - a place where “the parkway would create a sure route from the heart of the city a distance of six miles into its suburbs” and where the beauty of landscape would transform the spirit.
Olmsted’s also designed New York’s Central Park, which some describe as the crown jewel of Manhattan.
The B.A.A. is community oriented and mindful that the popularity of the race will translate into more people visiting and using the parks. This race is a terrific fundraiser for Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund. The race and “necklace” are remarkable community resources.
Olmsted sought to advance a sense of shared community and dedicated service to the community. His vision is still a reality. The Boston Athletic Association shares and perpetuates this vision of community. Since inception, a portion of the entry fees is directed towards the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, a non-profit organization working to restore, preserve, maintain and promote this historic 1,000-acre park system.
Very Rewarding and You Run with the Stars
The 14th Annual B.A.A. Half Marathon has the backdrop of the Emerald Necklace and the City of Boston, the cool crisp autumn days and beautiful scenery. It celebrates running and health and community—and the determination to conquer cancer—while enjoying that rare combination where urban streets and buildings meet a lush green landscape; a great experience for participants, an unbeatable combination. The event’s reputation extends outside of New England to runners across the country and the world.
Sign Up Now and Begin Training—On Board with Dana-Farber
As a member of Dana-Farber’s B.A.A. Half Marathon team, you’ll raise critical funds that enable the work of both the brightest minds in science and the most talented clinicians caring for patients confronting cancer.
Racing Team contributions have helped Dana-Farber Cancer Institute rank as the #1 cancer center in New England year after year. Not only can you support this effort, but you can participate in the most popular and high profile half marathon in New England. For help and additional information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to your support, your strides and dedication, Dana-Farber continues to make strides and breakthroughs in the fight against cancer. Every dollar raised through Dana-Farber's running programs contributes to the financial resources necessary to accelerate the pace of discovery, speed the application of scientific knowledge to help save lives; and to provide its signature 50-50 balance between research and patient care.
Join hundreds of Dana-Farber teammates in taking on the B.A.A. Half Marathon, the Boston Athletic Association's popular 13.1-mile event. Committed to enhancing their training and race-day experience, members of Dana-Farber's B.A.A. Half team raise funds to support groundbreaking research and extraordinary patient care.