60% of available entries will be filled through random selection process beginning on July 15
BOSTON – The 15th annual B.A.A. Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 11, beginning and ending at Boston’s iconic Franklin Park. Having long been New England’s most prestigious half marathon, the B.A.A. Half Marathon has showcased some of the world’s best runners, including Boston Marathon winners and World Championships gold medalists. This year, the race will feature a field size of 8,500 participants, with registration beginning on Wednesday, July 15, at www.baa.org.
Similar to 2014, there will be a random selection component to the registration process for the race when entries are accepted next week.
There are 2,640 runners currently pre-registered though the B.A.A. Distance Medley (B.A.A. 5K, B.A.A. 10K, and B.A.A. Half Marathon) registration, which was held in January. Up to 700 runners will comprise the Dana-Farber Fundraising Team, and each of those team members will raise at least $750 for the Jimmy Fund. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund have been the event’s presenting sponsor since 2003. Once the elite field and other invitational entries are filled, this will leave approximately 5,000 entries available through online registration on July 15.
Registration will open on Wednesday, July 15, at 10:00 a.m. ET, and 2,000 entrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The remaining 3,000 spots will be filled through random selection of those applicants who submit an entry by Thursday, July 16, at 5:00 p.m. ET.
• Entry for the B.A.A. Half Marathon will be held entirely online at www.baa.org, and the entry fee is $75 USD.
• No additional fee will be imposed for an entry submission into the random selection.
• Participants in the B.A.A. Half Marathon must be at least 14-years old on race day.
• Every submission has an equal chance of being selected, and the odds of being selected will be based on the total number of submissions received.
• Only one submission per person will be accepted.
• Entry in the B.A.A. Half Marathon cannot be transferred, refunded, or deferred.
• Runners can secure an entry into the race by joining Dana-Farber’s fundraising team via www.rundanafarber.org.
• Those who are accepted through random selection and those not accepted will receive notification from the B.A.A. on Friday, July 17 via email.
• If you are not chosen in the random selection, you will not be charged the entry fee.
ABOUT THE BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (B.A.A.)
Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon. The organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs, including high performance athletes and running club. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. More than 60,000 runners will participate in B.A.A. events in 2015. The 120th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org.