New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium
Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
Holli Flaherty
marathon@neaq.org
617.226.2127

The New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation, and is the only Boston-based cultural institution with a mission focused primarily on the environment. We are redefining what it means to be an aquarium, combining education, entertainment and action to address the most challenging problems facing the oceans.

Our hands-on, traveling education programs reach 45,000 children in diverse communities every year. Funds raised through the marathon team will be used to support these outreach programs, giving children and families from underserved neighborhoods what is often their first experience with marine life, including touch tidepools and free Aquarium admission. Each program incorporates conservation messages to help area youth understand the importance of nature, why they need to help protect the oceans and the simple things they can do to make a difference. The programs also encourage young people to be active in the natural world.

B.A.A. Moment 8

1996 - Centennial Boston Marathon

The historic centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 was monumental for many reasons. It was the not only the first time that the ChampionChip timing and scoring device was used in a major US Marathon, but it was the largest running event ever held at the time. 

The starting field of 38,708 stood for more than seven years as the largest in the history of the sport. Included among the finishers were 16 Boston champions.