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Boston Marathon champions returning to Boston

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  March 24, 2010 01:42 PM

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Boston, MA. – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced today that eight former champions of the Boston Marathon will be returning to Boston and participating in the events surrounding the 114th Boston Marathon on April 19, 2010.

Jacqueline Gareau (1980), Lisa Rainsberger [Larsen-Weidenbach] (1985), and Gelindo Bordin (1990) will celebrate the anniversaries of their legendary Boston Marathon victories by running the historic 26.2 mile course again on Marathon Monday. Four-time Boston Marathon champion Bill Rodgers, 1968 winner Amby Burfoot, 1970 victor Ron Hill, and 1983 champion Greg Meyer will take part in the B.A.A. 5K on Sunday, April 18. The anniversaries of Geoff Smith (1984, 1985) as well as Hill, Gareau, Rainsberger, and Bordin will be recognized at Saturday morning’s Champions’ Breakfast at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston.

“Boston Marathon champions are held in high regard throughout the running world, and in especially high regard in Boston. To have five of them at the Champions’ Breakfast will be a true delight,” said Guy Morse, executive director of the B.A.A. “It’s a bonus that Jacqueline, Lisa, and Gelindo will celebrate by returning to the site of their victories, and that Amby, Ron, Bill, and Greg will be taking part in the 5K.”

Gareau, Rainsberger, and Bordin will be recognized on Marathon Monday by wearing bib numbers with their names on them. In the sea of more than 25,000 runners, this will make them more recognizable to spectators. On Sunday of Marathon weekend, the 5,000 participants of the B.A.A. 5K will have the chance to run alongside Amby Burfoot, Ron Hill, Greg Meyer, (the last American man to win the Boston Marathon) and Bill Rodgers - some of the most famous names in distance running history.

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Boston Athletic Association Closes Registration for B.A.A. 5K

The B.A.A. also announced today registration for the second annual B.A.A. 5K has closed. Registration opened on Wednesday, March 3 and reached the 5,000 participant maximum 20 days later on Tuesday, March 23.

The 3.1 mile race will take place Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 8:00 a.m., starting at Copley Place Square, and finishing at the Boston Marathon finish line. Among some of the 5,000 participants will be four-time Boston Marathon champion Bill Rodgers, 1968 champion Amby Burfoot, 1970 victor Ron Hill, 1983 winner Greg Meyer, and women’s running pioneer and author, Kathrine Switzer. Maria Varela, winner of the inaugural B.A.A. 5K in 2009 returns to defend her title, while Ryan Hardiman, winner of the B.A.A.
Invitational Scholastic mile in 2009, will also take part. The event helps expand the excitement of the Marathon to Sunday, and gives runners of shorter distances the chance to compete during race weekend.

Race participants from 30 different countries will run past Boston’s historic landmarks and cross the same finish line marathoners will the following day. The B.A.A. organizes both the Boston Marathon and the B.A.A. 5K. “We are pleased to be able to offer a race for those interested in a shorter distance on Marathon weekend,” said Guy Morse, B.A.A. Executive Director. “The speed with which the race filled is testament to the spirit of race weekend and the enthusiasm of last year’s participants to return again.”

Immediately following the 5K, and beginning at approximately 9:30 a.m., the B.A.A. will host Invitational races: a 1,000 meter race for Middle School participants, Scholastic Mile for high-school-aged athletes, and a Professional Mile for elite athletes. Runners and spectators of the 5K, as well as the general public are invited to the Copley Square area to watch the short events. Collectively, these six races comprise the B.A.A.
Invitational Mile.

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  • Ty Velde is a 16-time Boston qualifier who's completed 12 consecutive Boston Marathons and 25 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 13th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
  • Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes

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