Important dates for 2017 Boston Athletic Association Events (Keep this one)

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A smart note from the Boston Athletic Association on all the important dates in 2017 on their races and associated events. This is a great idea and all major events should do this! One thing is for certian, we will see you in Boston in April 2017!

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Happy New Year from the Boston Athletic Association!

BOSTON - We hope that the New Year brings you great health, happiness, and the opportunity to share memorable stories from our B.A.A. events. Here are a few dates we'd like you to mark on your calendar (also see attachment):

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017

Opening of B.A.A. Distance Medley Registration | 10:00 a.m.

Registration opens for the three-race series, which includes the B.A.A. 5K on April 15, the B.A.A. 10K on June 25, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon on October 8, will be held entirely online at www.baa.org. Registration is limited to the first 3,300 runners, and will be first-come first serve until the limit is reached.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2017

Opening of 2017 B.A.A. 5K Registration | 10:00 a.m.

The B.A.A. 5K will be run on April 15, two days before the 2017 Boston Marathon, and will have a field size limit of 10,000 entrants. The start and finish of the B.A.A. 5K is located on Charles Street adjacent to Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden. Registration will be held entirely online at www.baa.org.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1

Opening of Boston Marathon Media Credential Application Window | 10:00 a.m.

Applications for media credentials for the 2017 Boston Marathon can be submitted by visiting the News & Press page at http://www.baa.org/news-and-press/press-member-area.aspx, and entering the username press and passcode 121media when prompted.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15

Opening of 2017 B.A.A. 10K Registration | 10:00 a.m.

The B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women's Hospital, is the second event of the 2017 B.A.A. Distance Medley, and will feature a field size of 10,000 entrants. The start and finish of the B.A.A. 10K is located on Charles Street adjacent to Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden. Registration will be held entirely online at www.baa.org.

FRIDAY, MARCH 17

Closing of Boston Marathon Media Credential Application Window | 5:00 p.m.

Applications for media credentials for the 2017 Boston Marathon can be submitted by visiting the News & Press page at http://www.baa.org/news-and-press/press-member-area.aspx, and entering the username press and passcode 121media when prompted.

THURSDAY, APRIL 13

Boston Marathon Press Conference | 2:30 p.m.

A press conference highlighting notable attendees and themes of the 2017 Boston Marathon will be hosted by the B.A.A. at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. Details will be distributed in the coming months.

FRIDAY, APRIL 14

John Hancock Elite Athlete Press Conference | 10:00 a.m.

The John Hancock Elite Athlete Press Conference featuring professional athletes racing the 2017 Boston Marathon will be held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. Among the notable entrants for the 121st Boston Marathon include six champions, multiple Olympic and World Championships medalists, and winners of Abbott World Marathon Majors races.

B.A.A. Press Conference | 2:30 p.m.

A press conference highlighting the invited field for the 2017 B.A.A. 5K and B.A.A. Invitational Mile will be held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. Details will be distributed in the coming months.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15

2017 B.A.A. 5K | 9:30 a.m.

A field of 10,000 participants will kick off Boston Marathon weekend in style by racing the ninth annual B.A.A. 5K. The B.A.A. 5K takes participants on a scenic, flat, and fast course winding through Back Bay and across the Boston Marathon finish line before culminating on Charles Street between Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden. An elite field of world-class professional athletes will contend for the B.A.A. 5K title.

2017 B.A.A. Invitational Mile | 12:00 p.m.

Following the B.A.A. 5K, some of the world's fastest runners will compete in the B.A.A. Invitational Mile on Boylston Street at Copley Square Park. In addition, middle school and high school runners from the eight cities and towns along the Marathon route will participate in 1,000 meter and one-mile races, respectively.

2017 B.A.A. Relay Challenge | 2:00 p.m.

The 21st annual B.A.A. Relay Challenge will feature youth athletes from approximately 20 Greater Boston schools competing in relay races on Boylston Street. An annual Boston Marathon weekend tradition, the B.A.A. Relay Challenge is the culmination of Club 121, a running program that introduces the benefits of running and active lifestyles to youths.

SUNDAY, APRIL 16 (Easter Sunday)

2017 Boston Marathon Pre-Race Dinner | 4:30 p.m.

Runners from across the country and around the world will unite at Boston's City Hall Plaza for the 2017 Boston Marathon Pre-Race Dinner. Participants will fuel up on delicious foods and experience the camaraderie and high energy of this pre-race celebration.

MONDAY, APRIL 17

121st Boston Marathon

A field of 30,000 will participate in the 121st Boston Marathon, covering 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston. The world's oldest continually run marathon, the Boston Marathon brings together community spirit and the pursuit of athletic excellence on Patriots' Day each year.

Schedule of Start Times:

8:50 a.m. Mobility Impaired (Early Starters)

9:17 a.m. Push-Rim Wheelchair Division - Men

9:19 a.m. Push-Rim Wheelchair Division - Women

9:22 a.m. Handcycle and Duo Participants

9:32 a.m. Elite Women

10:00 a.m. Elite Men & Wave One

10:25 a.m. Wave Two

10:50 a.m. Wave Three

11:15 a.m. Wave Four

TUESDAY, APRIL 18

Boston Marathon Champions' Press Conference | 10:00 a.m.

This press conference, held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, will feature champions of the 2017 Boston Marathon and other notable finishers.

SUNDAY JUNE 25

B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women's Hospital | 8:00 a.m.

The B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women's Hospital, is the second event of the 2017 B.A.A. Distance Medley, and will feature a field size of 10,000 entrants. The start and finish of the B.A.A. 10K is located on Charles Street adjacent to Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8

B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund | 8:00 a.m.

The B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, is the third and final event of the 2017 B.A.A. Distance Medley. The B.A.A. Half Marathon is run on a picturesque course that showcases the Emerald Necklace park system, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaicaway, and Franklin Park Zoo before finishing on the White Stadium track within Franklin Park.

* All times are Eastern Time, and are subject to change

ABOUT THE BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

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, 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 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 2016. The 121st Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 17, 2017. For more information on the B.A.A., please visitwww.baa.org.

MEDIA INFORMATION

For further information, please contact [email protected].

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