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 year's 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.
* 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 Auditorium, Boston
* 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 year's race will begin with the Elite Women's Start at 9:32 a.m.