Field of 7,000 Expected To Fill Quickly
BOSTON -- The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) will open registration for the 2012 B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, tomorrow, Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. ET on the event's website, BAA.org. The twelfth edition of New England's premier half marathon is set for Sunday, October 7, 2012, and will be the final race in the inaugural B.A.A. Distance Medley. The B.A.A. Half Marathon begins in Boston's scenic Franklin Park at 8:30 a.m. on the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend.
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.
The B.A.A. Half Marathon is presented annually by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund. Through its Running the Race Against Cancer® team of participants, nearly 600 runners will advance cancer research and improve patient care through their fundraising efforts. Registration for the Dana-Farber Team is now open.
In addition to the nearly 7,000 runners expected to compete, a field of international athletes will vie for a combined prize purse of $38,400. Additionally, $100,000 will also be awarded to the male and female atop the B.A.A. Distance Medley standings after the conclusion of the B.A.A. Half Marathon.
The B.A.A. Half Marathon marks the third and final race of the B.A.A. Distance Medley, a three-race series which combines the B.A.A. 5K on April 15, the B.A.A. 10K on June 24, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon on October 7 to crown a male and female series champion. Scoring for the B.A.A. Distance Medley is based on cumulative time across all three races. The male and female competitors with the fastest total time at the end of the series each will win $100,000. The aggregate scoring system is intended to maximize interest in the series among runners, the general public, and the media. With only one race remaining, four men are within seconds of each other and three women remain in contention for the title.
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. The Emerald Necklace park system was developed by America's first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon features recreational use and appreciation of the landscape, waterways and parkways as they were intended at the time of design in the late 1800s. The Franklin Park Zoo also has been an attraction of the B.A.A. Half Marathon since the event's inception in 2001.
Established in 1887, 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 the organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial. The Boston Marathon is part of the World Marathon Majors along with the Virgin London Marathon, BMW Berlin Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and the ING New York City Marathon.