2013 Mayor's Cup Cross Country

27 OCT 2013
2013 Mayor's Cup Cross Country
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Franklin Park, Boston, MA

The Mayor’s Cup began in 1990 and the B.A.A., in partnership with adidas, has supported the event since 1997.  Over that time, the event has grown to include multiple races for athletes of all ability levels, has become one of the premier cross country meets on the East Coast, and has been regarded as an important tune-up for the USA Fall National Club Cross Country Championship. 

The Mayor’s Cup is directed by USA Track & Field – New England, and is staged with the cooperation of Boston Parks & Recreation and Boston Centers for Youth & Families.  Improvements to drainage, run-off areas, pathways and entrance ways began in 2012.  As a result of the improvement project, all cross country meets were relocated from Franklin Park during the 2012 season.  While Franklin Park has received regular maintenance annually, the last major improvement to the cross country course was in 1991 which was in preparation for the 1992 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

Registration for the 2013 Mayor's Cup Cross Country Championships is expected to open this Fall.

B.A.A. Moment 4

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.