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B.A.A. Announces Date, Location, and Field Size for 2014 B.A.A. 5K

Posted by Chrissy Horan  November 26, 2013 04:31 PM

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The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that the B.A.A. 5K will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014, two days prior to the 2014 Boston Marathon®. Registration will be held online at beginning on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. ET and will be limited to 10,000 entrants. The cost to register is $50 USD and participants must be 10 years of age or older to register.

After expanding the marathon field size by 9,000 runners for the 2014 race, the 5K field size has also increased, from approximately 6,000 runners to 10,000. The expanded field size will provide more runners with an opportunity to participate in the marathon weekend activities.

“In doing so we are particularly mindful of the desire of a great many people to make an athletic display of their resilience in the face of the April 2013 attack on Boston. With an adjusted location and date, the B.A.A. 5K will continue to provide the boost of excitement and running spirit that have quickly made it a Boston Marathon Weekend tradition embraced by elite and recreational runners alike” said B.A.A. Executive Director Tom Grilk.

The start and finish of the B.A.A. 5K will be relocated from Copley Square Park to Boston Common. The 2014 B.A.A. 5K course will be a scenic tour through Boston’s Back Bay and will take participants down Boylston Street and across the Boston Marathon finish line.

Already a hugely popular race, I would not be surprised to see the 10,000 spots fill up quickly. The change in field is accompanied by a change in location for the start/finish area as well. Instead of Copley Square Park, the start and finish will take place at the Boston Common, most likely to better accommodate the additional participants and spectators.

The inaugural B.A.A 5K was run in 2009, and has since annually taken place on the Sunday before the Boston Marathon. In recognition of Easter Sunday on April 20, 2014, the 2014 B.A.A. 5K will be held on Saturday, April 19, two days prior to the Boston Marathon.

The B.A.A. 5K will mark the beginning of the 2014 B.A.A. Distance Medley, a three-race series which combines the B.A.A. 5K, the B.A.A. 10K, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon. Registration for the 2014 B.A.A. Distance Medley will be limited. Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, January 22 and will continue until Wednesday, January 29 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

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     Chrissy Horan has been running around Boston and nearby neighborhoods since 2000. An athlete through high school and college, she has found the running community in Boston to More »

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