The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A has announced that it has concluded registration for the 2014 B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Registration began on Wednesday, July 16 at 10:00 a.m. ET, and continued through Thursday, July 17 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The B.A.A. Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 12 and has a start time of 8:30 a.m. ET. The B.A.A. Half Marathon is the third and final race in the 2014 B.A.A. Distance Medley, which also includes the B.A.A. 5K in April and the B.A.A. 10K in June.
When registration began on Wednesday, July 16 at 10:00 a.m. ET, an allocated 3,000 entries were accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, filling in approximately five minutes. Then, entry submissions were accepted for a new component of B.A.A. Half Marathon registration: random selection. Entries were received through Thursday, July 17 at 5:00 p.m. ET. During this portion of registration, the B.A.A. received 4,543 entries, and 1,600 were randomly selected to participate. Those who were accepted and those who were not accepted through the random selection process received notification today.
The entrants for the 2014 B.A.A. Half Marathon have now been posted, and the list includes those who pre-registered for the 2014 B.A.A. Distance Medley this past January as well as those who were entered this week
In total, 8,000 entrants will be registered for the 2014 B.A.A. Half Marathon.
2,625 participants were pre-registered for the B.A.A. Half Marathon through the registration period for the 2014 B.A.A. Distance Medley, which took place this past January. Those not accepted or those who did not submit an entry but would like to run the 2014 B.A.A. Half Marathon may want to consider running for the Dana-Farber Team, which still has a limited number of entries available.
The B.A.A. Half Marathon has been presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund since 2003. Through its official team of participants in the 2014 race, nearly 700 runners will raise funds to advance cancer research and improve patient care.
The 13.1-mile, rolling course is an out-and-back route that runs along the Emerald Necklace park system in Boston and Brookline, highlighting the beauty of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted’s historic park system while furthering the B.A.A.’s mission of promoting health and fitness. The B.A.A. Half Marathon begins and ends at White Stadium in Franklin Park, one of America’s oldest parks, in Boston’s Jamaica Plain and Dorchester neighborhoods. Among the course’s attractions is the Franklin Park Zoo. Since the event’s inception in 2001, the B.A.A. has directed a portion of the entry fees from the B.A.A. Half Marathon towards the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, which works to preserve, maintain, and promote the historic park system.
A total prize purse of $55,800 is at stake in the 2014 B.A.A. Half Marathon. Prize money will be distributed to the top ten runners overall, the top three in the masters division, and the top three in the push rim wheelchair division. Prize money awards are equal for men and women and are based on gun time results. The overall men’s and women’s B.A.A. Half Marathon champions will each receive $10,000 in prize money. In addition, the B.A.A. will offer top finishers in multiple B.A.A. events bonuses this year.
IN TRAINING FOR THE B.A.A. HALF MARATHON:
B.A.A. Coach Terrence Mahon has written seven training programs for entrants in the 2014 B.A.A. Half Marathon. His training begins on Monday, July 21, and uses miCoach from adidas to roll-out the programs. His programs are tailored to many types of runners and they are for athletes of all abilities. The B.A.A. wants every runner to have the best experience possible preparing for the B.A.A. Half Marathon in October, and the B.A.A. asked Terrence to develop easy-to-follow training which will be featured in B.A.A. email newsletters, on web pages and at clinics over the next three months leading to October’s race. \