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Storylines and News For The 2013 Boston Marathon
The 117th Running of The World's Most Prestigious Marathon Will be on April 15
BOSTON - With less than one week remaining until the 2013 Boston Marathon
on Monday, April 15, 2013, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) and
principal sponsor John Hancock Financial are prepared for the 117th edition
of the world's oldest annual marathon. The top finishers will receive
$806,000, a prize purse supplied by John Hancock.
Defending Champions Return: John Hancock Financial Services welcomes
defending champions Wesley Korir and Sharon Cherop, both of Kenya, back to
Boston as they pursue repeat victories in the Boston Marathon. Also
returning are Josh Cassidy, of Canada, and Shirley Reilly, of Arizona, the
defending push rim wheelchair division champions. Cassidy won in 2012 with
a world best time of 1:18:25, while Reilly edged five-time defending
champion Wakako Tsuchida, of Japan, by one second.
Americans Vie for Victory: 2008 Olympic bronze medalist and Marlbehead, MA
native Shalane Flanagan, a member of the John Hancock Elite Athlete Team,
seeks to become the first American female champion of the Boston Marathon
since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach's 1985 victory. A runner-up in the 2010 New
York City Marathon, Flanagan will make her Boston debut this year. She will
be joined by her training partner American Kara Goucher, who placed third
in the 2009 Boston Marathon.
25 Years of East African Dominance: The 2013 Boston Marathon marks the 25th
anniversary of Kenyan Ibrahim Hussein's 1988 Boston Marathon victory, which
made him the event's first African champion. Over the past 25 years, a
Kenyan or Ethiopian man has won the Boston Marathon 23 times. Fatuma Roba,
of Ethiopia, was the event's first female African champion, winning in
three consecutive years from 1997 to 1999. Kenyan and Ethiopian women have
combined to capture 14 of 16 Boston Marathon titles since 1997.
Trans-Atlantic Contest with $35,000 Prize Purse Announced: The B.A.A. and
the London Marathon Charitable Trust, Ltd., organizers of the London
Marathon, announced that for the first time in 2013 a combined prize purse
of $35,000 will be awarded for push rim wheelchair division competitors
participating in the Boston and London marathons. The two-race contest,
known as the Boston-London Wheelchair Challenge, will bring many of the
world's best push rim wheelchair competitors to Boston for this year's
event. Athletes will earn points based on their finish place at both the
Boston and London marathons, held just six days apart in 2013. (London will
be held on April 21.) The male and female athlete with the highest point
total at the conclusion of the two-race contest will each win $10,000.
25th Year of Official Charity Program: 2013 marks the 25th year of the
Boston Marathon Official Charity Program. Through this program and John
Hancock's Non-Profit Bib Program for the Boston Marathon, the selected
charities of the Boston Marathon Official Charity Program raise more than
$16 million each year to serve areas of need in the Greater Boston area.
The American Liver Foundation was the first formal organization to raise
funds at the Boston Marathon, in 1989. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute was
added by the B.A.A. in 1990.
B.A.A. to Provide $2.7 Million from 2013-2015 for Marathon Communities: The
B.A.A. has renewed its financial support of the eight cities and towns
along the Boston Marathon course, providing $2.7 million over a three-year
term from 2013 through 2015, with contributions increasing annually.
Through the support of principal sponsor John Hancock Financial, the B.A.A.
makes this contribution in recognition and appreciation of successful
cooperation with the Marathon communities in hosting the world's most
prestigious annual marathon. The financial commitment recognizes the
expenses for logistical, operational and administrative course support
provided for the towns of Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick,
Wellesley, and Brookline, the cities of Newton and Boston, and the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Introducing the Runner PassportTM: For the first time this year, the B.A.A.
has distributed a Runner PassportTM to help officially registered
participants maximize their Boston Marathon experience. The booklet
includes city maps, visitor suggestions, a ticket to the pre-race dinner,
and key race information. Most importantly, the booklet includes the number
pick-up card, to be submitted at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo. To
help all runners maximize their time in Boston, the booklet includes tips
for getting around town and a guide to local restaurants and attractions.
The B.A.A. at 125 in Stores Now: As part of the B.A.A.'s celebration of its
125th anniversary year, a special commemorative book was released on April
1 by Skyhorse Publishing. The B.A.A. at 125: The Official History of the
Boston Athletic Association, 1887-2012 is an illustrated history of the
B.A.A. written by John Hanc, a longtime writer for Newsday and a regular
contributor to Runner's World. Featuring over 100 rare photos from the
B.A.A. archives, the book offers an insider view of the organization that
created the Boston Marathon, fielded half of the first U.S. Olympic Team,
and helped spark the modern fitness movement. The B.A.A. at 125 is on sale
now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at select bookstores everywhere. It will
also be available at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo from April 12
through April 14.
More Stringent Qualifying Standards for 2013: The 2013 Boston Marathon
marks the first year of the Boston Athletic Association's new, more
stringent qualifying standards for the world's most prestigious marathon.
The qualifying standards were made five minutes faster across all age
groups and both genders, representing the first time since 1990 that the
Boston Marathon's qualifying standards have been made more stringent. Held
in the fall of 2012, registration for the 2013 Boston Marathon once again
utilized a "rolling admission" schedule, allowing the fastest runners to
register first. The qualification window for the 118th Boston Marathon, to
be held on Monday, April 21, 2014, began on Saturday, September 22, 2012.
Registration dates for the 2014 Boston Marathon have not yet been
About the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) Established in 1887 and now
in its 125th Anniversary 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 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 international
marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. The 117th
Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 15, 2013. Nearly 50,000
runners will participate in B.A.A. events in 2013.