Join Dana-Farber’s official team for the B.A.A. Half Marathon®
Presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Jimmy Fund, and the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), the 13th annual B.A.A. Half Marathon will conclude the three-race B.A.A. Distance Medley. Registration for the official Dana-Farber B.A.A. Half Marathon team is now open.
Posted Monday, 15 July, 2013
Excitement is building as registration approaches for the 13th annual B.A.A. Half Marathon, opening July 17 at 10:00 a.m. As in past years, it will sell out within hours—possibly even quicker given the tragic events of this year’s Boston Marathon. Runners are anxious to participate in and support B.A.A. events, as shown by the quick sell out of the B.A.A. 10K.
Although race registration via the B.A.A. opens in mid-July, Dana-Farber is building its official team now for the B.A.A. Half Marathon. Spots are limited so you’ll need to act fast! As a Dana-Farber team member, you receive a guaranteed race entry, a personal webpage to keep track of your fundraising, online tools to make fundraising fun and easy, and training plans developed by Boston Marathon champion Jack Fultz. Additionally, you will be given the instantly recognized Dana-Farber singlet to wear on race day, and the opportunity to receive other recognition items as you achieve key fundraising milestones over the course of the training season.
The B.A.A. and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute commemorate eleven years of partnership with the 13th B.A.A. Half Marathon on Sunday, October 13. The B.A.A. Half Marathon has been presented annually by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund since 2003.
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 raising more than $680,000. Dana-Farber runners have raised more than $3.75 million through their participation in the B.A.A. Half Marathon since 2003. Additionally, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has participated since 1990 in the Boston Marathon Official Charity Program, which is now in its 28th year and has raised more than $140 million.
Home to many of the world’s groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research and treatment, Dana-Farber and its clinicians and scientists have transformed cancer care and treatment over the past six decades. 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, 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 park system on an out-and-back route that puts 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 the 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 $38,400. 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.
Last Race in the Second Annual B.A.A. Distance Medley
Get a Spot in this Limited Field. The Boston Athletic Association completes the second annual B.A.A. Distance Medley at this half marathon. The medley began with the B.A.A. 5K April 14. It continues with the third annual B.A.A. 10K running on Sunday, June 23, followed by the B.A.A. Half Marathon on October 13, 2013. Registration for the 10K closed out quickly, and registration for the B.A.A. Half Marathon will open July 17, 2013, and will close out within a few hours. This is your chance to insure your entry and to do good while running great in the hugely popular B.A.A. Half Marathon through the famous Emerald Necklace of Boston and Brookline.
As with the inaugural year, the elite 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 126th 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 50,000 runners will participate in B.A.A. events in 2013.
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. B.A.A. racing teams, both women and men, are still running very strong, both regionally and nationally.
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 park land. It will be quintessential New England with foliage painting a beautiful backdrop for running. The B.A.A. was ahead of its time when they decided to hold a half marathon along the Boston-Brookline Emerald Necklace park system.
The greenery of the “necklace,” extends five miles to the turnaround loop of the 13.1 mile race. A majority of the undulating course is lined by parkland. 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 of the credit of course design should be given to Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted was the father of landscape architecture and he was the designer of 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 vision and imagination helped create perhaps the most famous park in the world, New York’s Central Park, which some may describe as the crown jewel of Manhattan island, a focal point.
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. Yes, the race and “necklace” are community resources and worth the attention.
Olmsted sought to advance a sense of shared community and dedicated service to the community, and 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.
The B.A.A. Half Marathon Course
This course is beautiful, yet hilly; runners enjoy the scenery and the spirit of participation as well as 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 in itself. 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 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 and Jamaica Pond again before returning to Franklin Park for loops around the animal enclosures, finishing on the track in the stadium.
Very Rewarding, and the Stars Run with You
The 13th 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.
B.A.A. Half Marathon Website
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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 by U.S.News & World Report for 12 consecutive years. In 2011, Dana-Farber logged 212,916 adult and pediatric outpatient visits and 140,725 infusion treatments. Dana-Farber also offered 694 clinical trials that opened doors to new treatments for adult and pediatric patients.
Thanks to your support, your strides and dedication, Dana-Farber continues to make their breakthrough strides in the fight against cancer.
Every dollar raised through Dana-Farber's running programs contributes to the financial resources necessary to accelerate Dana-Farber's 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.
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