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BAA announces 5K race

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  March 2, 2009 12:45 PM

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The Boston Athletic Association announced 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

TIME: Start - 8:00 a.m.

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

ONLINE REGISTRATION: Online registration at www.baa.org begins Thursday, March 5 at 10 a.m. It is anticipated that the race will close out quickly.

* Friday, April 17 from 12:00 Noon - 6:00PM, Hynes Auditorium, Boston
* Saturday, April 18 from 9:00AM - 6:00PM, Hynes Auditorium, Boston

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.

Additional information about the B.A.A. 5K, the Boston Marathon and the Boston Athletic Association can be found online at www.baa.org.

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