Massachusetts > Boston Athletic Association Half Marathon
Boston, MA • Sunday, October 13, 2013 • Course Map
Run by the same athletic organization that stages the fabled Boston
Marathon each April, the B.A.A. Half Marathon is a much younger sibling
of the full 26.2-mile marathon -- just over a dozen years for the B.A.A. half vs. nearly 120
years for the Boston Marathon.
The 13.1-mile course for the race takes runners on a tour of different parts of the city, starting at Franklin Park and heads through the city all the way to Roberto Clemente Field in the Back Bay Fens neighborhood near Fenway Park, and then back along the Arborway to the Riverway to Franklin Park, where the turnaround point back to the finish line lies.
With numerous rolling hills along a combination out-and-back and loop
course made up entirely of Boston's paved city streets, the B.A.A. Half
shows off the city's parkland areas, taking runners past Olmstead Park,
Jamaica Plain (and the Jamaica Pond) and the Arnold Arboretum on the
way to Franklin Park. The loop portion of the course occurs around
Olmstead Park, as runners run along either side of the park in the
first and second halves of the race.
This year will mark the race's 13th annual running and it has already become of the nation's most popular half-marathon events,
more than 5,400 finishers at the 2012 race. Part of that is
due, no doubt, to the course's route along Boston's "Emerald Necklace,"
the system of linear parks designed by legendary urban architect
Frederick Law Olmstead (for whom the first park along the Necklace is
Part of the mission of the event is to raise both funds and awareness
for the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, which aims to re-establish the
parks according to Olmstead's vision with new landscaping and
distinctive waterways and trails for everyone, from walkers and runners
Proceeds from the race also will go
towards the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, which
funds and conducts research towards finding treatments and with the
goal of finding a cure for many of the major cancer types.
Race Weather & Climate
Though a few recent years' races have seen unseasonably warm, sunny weather, Boston tends to experience cool to mild weather conditions in the early fall, as October temperatures average between 61°F and 47°F, while rainfall totals average just over 3.9 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (Oct. 13), the average high is 65°F and the average low is 49°F.
View the race route map for the B.A.A. Half Marathon
Registration for the 2013 B.A.A. Half Marathon is set to open July 17, 2013. Please visit the official race website shown below for more info.
Official Race Website
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