FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Boston Athletic Association To Host Inaugural 5K Race
During Marathon Weekend
More than 4,000 area runners expected to compete on day prior
to 113th Boston Marathon
Boston, Mass. -- The Boston Athletic Association announced today plans to
host a 5K road race on the day prior to the running of the 113th Boston
Marathon. The 5K will offer a fun and competitive course for athletes, and
for those who have always dreamed of crossing the Boston Marathon finish
line, a non-qualifying chance to do so.
"The record closeout for the Boston Marathon registration is a testament to
the popularity of the event and we are happy to be able to offer athletes
another race in which they can participate in on the same weekend, said Guy
Morse, B.A.A. Executive Director. We look forward to the response and
participation of runners in this years 5K, as well as the competition and
excitement it will bring to participants and spectators.
DATE: The B.A.A. 5K will take place on Sunday, April 19, 2009
TIME: Start 8:00 AM
FIELD SIZE: Event limited to first 4,000 who register
5K COURSE: Start on Boylston St. between Exeter and Fairfield Streets, left
on Tremont St., left on Park St., left on Beacon St., left on Arlington
St., right on Commonwealth Ave., left on Hereford St., left onto Boylston
St., finish at marathon line.
ENTRY FEE: $40.00 non-refundable, online only
MINIMUM AGE: 10 years old
ONLINE REG. Online registration at www.baa.org begins Thursday, March 5,
2009 at 10:00am. It is anticipated that the race will close out quickly.
ADDL HIGHLIGHTS: * Finish at the actual BAA finish line on Boylston Street
* Seating for 3,000 spectators
SANCTIONED BY: USATF
NUMBER PICK UP: Friday, April 17th from 12:00 Noon 6:00PM, Hynes
Saturday, April 18th from 9:00AM 6:00PM, Hynes Auditorium, Boston
AWARDS: Top three in each age division (19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49,
50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+).
The 113th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 20, 2009, Patriots'
Day, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The race follows a 26.2-mile
point-to-point route from the town of Hopkinton, Mass., to Boston's Back
Bay. This years race will begin with the Elite Women's Start at 9:32 a.m.
Additional information about the B.A.A. 5K, the Boston Marathon and the
Boston Athletic Association can be found online at www.baa.org.