The Inaugural B.A.A. 10K in Boston—Still Time to Get in This Limited Field

This new annual celebration of distance running is the June complement—young cousin-to the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, the most famous road race in the world.  As with all B.A.A. events, it will be innovative and intense, vibrant, empowering and enduring, mesmerizing and memorable—it is a new race in Boston open to all, with an 8:00 a.m. start.

Although anyone can sign up for this—no qualifying standards—this race will have some of the most elite athletes in the world competing.  The top three men in the 2011 B.A.A. Boston Marathon will return to fight it out again on the streets of Beantown, and the women's winner, Caroline Kilel (fourth fastest ever at Boston) will also return for this one.  Geoffrey Mutai ran the world's fastest marathon at Boston this year, 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 will match up again for the inaugural B.A.A. 10K.  Boston Marathon legends Joan Benoit Samuelson and Bill Rodgers will also toe the line for the 10K.   You can register at www.baa.org/races/10k

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 5,000.

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

There will be $30,000 in prize money going ten deep in the open (first is $5,000); three deep in Masters and Wheelchair (see the Website www.baa.org/races/10k for prize 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 top rate race organization by the B.A.A.

The venerable B.A.A. began in 1887, and is in its 124th 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.

The B.A.A. Boston Marathon is the standard by which all are measured, races and marathon runners, of course.  So too the B.A.A. sets the standard for excellence for race organizations.  The big race is not the only BAA venture.  Over the last few decades they have been steadily diversifying into complementary events.  Since 2001 the legendary BAA has been presenting another race, the BAA Half Marathon.   The 11th annual B.A.A. Half Marathon, which always sells out, will run on October 9th.

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