Joann E. Flaminio

Flaminio is the B.A.A.'s 23rd President

Joann E. Flaminio has been a member of the Boston Athletic Association, organizer of the Boston Marathon, since 1993 and she has served on its B.A.A. Board of Governors since 1996. In January 2011, she became the 23rd president of the Boston Athletic Association, and more importantly, the first woman to ever lead the 128-year-old athletic organization. She has been at the helm of the organization in the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and has helped shape its response to the tragedy.  Prior to her selection as president, she played an active role on numerous committees responsible for steering the B.A.A.

In June of 2012, Ms. Flaminio participated alongside Dr. Bernice Sandler, women’s running activist Kathrine Switzer, and other national leaders at a Washington, D.C. forum held by the National Women’s Hall of Fame marking the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the legislation which established gender equality in sports. Not coincidentally, the 2012 Boston Marathon also marked the 40th anniversary of the first official female entrants in the celebrated race.

She has represented the Boston Athletic Association on numerous occasions at the Ohme-Hochi Marathon in Japan, an important cultural and athletic exchange race to the Boston Marathon, at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, the Kosice Peace Marathon, and at other athletic events and symposiums. 

With a rich knowledge of the B.A.A. and an appreciation for its history, Flaminio is committed to maintaining the Boston Marathon as one of the pre-eminent road races in the world. In her 18 years with the B.A.A. Board of Governors, Flaminio has worked to strengthen the B.A.A. as an organization and to solidify the long-term financial security of the Boston Marathon, thus enabling the continued expansion of its athletic and community programming.  In fact, she has been at the forefront in expanding the B.A.A.’s community effort which has resulted in a health and wellness initiative within Boston Public Schools.

A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, she is a magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University in Boston and Suffolk University Law School in Boston, and she was admitted to the Massachusetts and Federal bar in 1983. In addition to her volunteer role at the B.A.A., she is presently employed by Fidelity Investments as a Vice-President in its Workplace Investing division.  Prior to coming to Fidelity, Joann was the first female Executive Director of the Employees Retirement System of Rhode Island, and the first woman to serve as a member of the City of Worcester (Mass.) Retirement Board.

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1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.