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08 APR 2015

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced today that defending push rim wheelchair division champions Ernst van Dyk (RSA) and Tatyana McFadden (USA) will compete in the 2015 Boston Marathon® on Monday, April 20. Van Dyk and McFadden will look to add another olive wreath to their decorated Boston Marathon collection, leading a field that includes past Boston Marathon champions, world champions, Paralympic medalists, and world record holders. For the 30th consecutive year, principal sponsor John Hancock Financial Services will provide the prize purse for the race. The men’s and women’s champions will each earn $20,000 (USD) in prize money. New for 2015, the total prize purse for the push rim wheelchair division has increased by $24,500 to $84,500, distributed equally among men and women.

07 APR 2015

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced today that several champions of the Boston Marathon® will return to participate in events surrounding the 119th Boston Marathon, to be held on Monday, April 20, 2015. Champions Lisa Rainsberger (USA, 1985), Gelindo Bordin (ITA, 1990), Joan Samuelson (USA, 1979 and 1983), and Amby Burfoot (USA, 1968) will join 30,000 entrants in this year’s running of the world’s oldest annual marathon.

02 APR 2015

Boston, host to the greatest road race in the world, is a runner’s town. Until now, there’s been no place to buy your gear, learn from elite athletes, lace up for a run and clean up afterwards. Today adidas and the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), organizer of the Boston Marathon, announce the launch of the Boston Marathon® RunBase in partnership with Marathon Sports, Inc. The adidas exclusive community experience will open mid-April just steps from the finish line. The initiative is the first of its kind in the U.S. and will be the center of running in Boston, located at the 26-mile mark of the legendary course on Boylston Street.

25 MAR 2015

Universal Sports Network, the exclusive national television and digital media home of the Boston Marathon, announced today television and online coverage plans for the 119th Boston Marathon which will take place on Monday, April 20. LIVE race day coverage from Copley Square begins at 8:30 a.m. ET and includes pre- and post-race shows followed by a wrap-up show at 4 p.m. ET. Network coverage also includes a preview show on Sunday, April 19 at 4 p.m. ET LIVE from the finish line on Boylston Street.

24 MAR 2015

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), organizer of the Boston Marathon, has issued its Schedule of Events for official participants in the 2015 Boston Marathon.

18 MAR 2015

Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM) is working in partnership with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to finance increased out-of-competition drug testing for elite athletes participating in AWMM events. This is the largest anti-doping effort to date by a private athletic organization and will begin this summer.

20 FEB 2015

The ninth running of the Tokyo Marathon on Feb. 22, 2015 marks the official start of Abbott’s title sponsorship of the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM) and a number of key changes to the iconic series. Announced today by the organizers of the six marathons in the global race series, the champions of the AWMM will now be determined through a new one-­year cycle of Qualifying Races featuring unprecedented anti­doping protocols.

18 FEB 2015

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced today the beginning of a partnership with Italian coffee roaster Lavazza to become the Official Coffee of the Boston Marathon.

13 FEB 2015

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced that registration for the 2015 B.A.A. 5K has closed after its 10,000 entrant field size limit was reached. The B.A.A. 5K will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015, two days prior to the Boston Marathon® and will be the first event of the 2015 B.A.A. Distance Medley. Registration opened on Wednesday, February 4 at 10:00 a.m. ET and closed on Friday, February 13 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

09 FEB 2015

The Boston Athletic Association had a very successfully day of racing on Saturday, competing well at both the USA Cross Country Championships and the Boston Indoor Grand Prix. At the USA Cross Country Championships in Boulder, Colorado, B.A.A. team members Jen Rhines and Elaina Balouris both qualified to represent Team USA at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China, on March 28.

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1920 - Ashland Start

The Boston Marathon began in Ashland, Massachusetts from 1897 through 1923 then moved to Hopkinton for the 1924 race. The course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton. Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.