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BOSTON – Four outstanding, female distance and middle distance runners have joined the Boston Athletic Association, the organization has announced. Elaina Balouris, Juliet Bottorff, and Emily Lipari completed their collegiate eligibility in June, and they will reside and train in Boston, representing the B.A.A.  These athletes will join Katie Matthews, another recent graduate who has been training and racing with the B.A.A. since the beginning of this year when she completed her collegiate eligibility.  All four women are part of the B.A.A.’s new high performance team and will be coached by the B.A.A.’s Terrence Mahon.

Three-time U.S. Olympian Jen Rhines (2000, Sydney, 10,000 meters; 2004, Athens, marathon; and 2008, Beijing, 5,000 meters) was the first athlete to become part of the high performance team when the B.A.A. announced the launch of the program last Autumn. She is among the most accomplished female distance runners in U.S. history.

“The objective of the B.A.A.’s high performance group of athletes is to support American runners on their way towards making international teams and to compete at the Olympic and world championship level,” said Mahon.  “Each of these talented women is capable of transitioning from a decorated U.S. collegiate career to a successful professional career, and we look forward to providing them with a complete infrastructure with which to meet this goal.”

adidas, the long-time sponsor of the Boston Athletic Association and B.A.A. events – including the Boston Marathon®, provides essential financial support and equipment for the B.A.A.’s high performance initiative.

The athletes announced will begin representing the B.A.A. immediately at races.

Newly-joined B.A.A. athletes (in alphabetical order):

Elania Balouris
College: William and Mary
Hometown: Allison Park, Penn.
Recent highlight: Fifth place at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship at 10,000 meters.
Athlete Bio

Juliet Bottorff
College: Duke University
Hometown: Newark, Delaware
Highlights: 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Champion (10,000 meters); third place at 10,000 meters and 5th place at 5,000 meters at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships; fourth place at the 2014 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championship (10,000 meters).
Athlete Bio

Emily Lipari
College: Villanova University
Hometown: Greenvale, New York
Recent highlights: 2014 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Champion (mile); fourth place at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship (1500 meters).
Athlete Bio

Katie Matthews
College: Boston University
Hometown: Rocky Hill, Conn.
Highlights: Fifth place at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship at 10,000 meters; fifth place at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship at 5,000 meters.
Athlete Bio

Jen Rhines
College: Villanova University
Hometown: Liverpool, New York
Highlights: (U.S. Olympian in 2000, 10,000 meters; U.S. Olympian in 2004, marathon; and U.S. Olympian in 2008, 5,000 meters);
Five-time NCAA individual champion; multiple-time USA Track & Field track and road race champion.
IAAF Bio and USATF Bio

About the Boston Athletic Association and its high performance team:

Established in 1887, the B.A.A. is a non-profit organization committed to running and has played an integral role in the support and development of the sport throughout the United States since its inception. From fielding athletes who competed at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896 through the 118th Boston Marathon in April 2014 and the B.A.A. 10K last month, the pursuit of excellence in middle and long distance running has stood at the fore of the organization.

Mahon On The Level at the BAA 5k

Interview with Terrence Mahon, coach of the BAA High Performance Group. Both members of his group raced at the BAA 5k on Saturday, with Katie Matthews running a 16:07 (15th female) and wife Jennifer Rhines winning her age group with a 16:22.

Terrence Mahon To Coach B.A.A. High Performance Group

New program will bring selected runners to Boston.

Press release from the BAA

BAA logo smallBOSTON – Terrence Mahon has joined the Boston Athletic Association to lead and coach a high performance distance running initiative for the organization. The club will continue to be sponsored and supported by adidas, which has been the club’s sponsor since 1992. adidas has been the athletic footwear and apparel sponsor of the Boston Marathon, the B.A.A.’s premier event, since 1989.

Mahon is considered a top middle distance and distance running coach, and he is credited with having developed or coached eight Olympians since 2005.

He began his coaching career in 2003 with renowned endurance coach Joe Vigil serving as a mentor to Mahon. In 2003 and 2004, Mahon offered private coaching under his company Spiridon Running, LLC, prior to taking charge of Team Running USA, the elite group which would later become the Mammoth Track Club. Most recently, Mahon was employed by UK Athletics in England, where he served as Lead Endurance Coach.

At the B.A.A., Mahon will work with Michael Pieroni to create a high performance running program consisting of U.S. athletes. Mahon will recruit and coach the high performance athletes, and Pieroni will continue to be the director of the entire club. Mahon, along with the athletes who will comprise the high performance group, will be based in Boston. Club members will compete under the B.A.A. name and affiliation.

“The B.A.A. has a rich history of athletic excellence, both in terms of events and club membership, and I look forward to developing the next generation of top Americans who will compete wearing the Unicorn,” said Mahon. “The athletes who will run for the B.A.A. in this program will represent one of this country’s oldest and most prestigious running clubs, and our group will be the newest contributor to the already strong legacy of running in Boston.”

Mahon officially begins with the B.A.A. in October, and the program will launch shortly thereafter. It is anticipated that the first athletes will join the club by January 2014.

“The B.A.A. is committed to supporting running for both participation and performance, and we are pleased to introduce this program which will provide opportunities at the highest level of our sport,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. “Terrence, our new athletes and this program reaffirm our mission to promote the sport. This performance group will focus on elite competition; through the program, we will inspire up-and-coming runners both locally and nationally. We also hope that these athletes will serve to inspire an increased community focus on the benefits of fitness for everyone.”

Athletes who become part of the program will receive a range of benefits as the club seeks to develop Americans into top runners at several distances. Athletes will compete in track and field or in road races, and Mahon aspires to have club athletes compete in national championships, the U.S. Olympic Trials, the IAAF World Championships and the Olympic Games.

“Terrence comes to the B.A.A. with a proven record of having successfully developed and coached high performance athletes,” said Pieroni, who will work with Mahon to design and implement the B.A.A. program. “Our objective is to create a well-supported group of top performing athletes who will live, train and be coached towards the goal of representing the United States at international competitions.”

About the Boston Athletic Association

Established in 1887, the B.A.A. marked its 125th anniversary year in 2012 and is a non-profit organization with a mission of managing athletic events and programs for the promotion of 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 other major marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City. More than 50,000 individuals participate in B.A.A. events annually.


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