Thank you from the B.A.A.

Today Is: February 9th 2016
25 APR 2011
Dave McGillivray and Tom Grilk share their appreciation

We are posting this for a simple purpose:  to say "Thank you" to all of you who were part of an historic Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18.  We all know that times were posted representing some of the fastest times ever recorded in some of our competitive divisions.  But beyond that, we were privileged to have so many thousands of athletes honor us by taking the time and trouble to qualify and then run on a day that none of us will forget.  And we know that those of you who participated as athletes on Patriots’ Day join us in expressing the deepest gratitude to the many more thousands of people who give their time and talents to volunteer, and give of themselves to make the Boston Marathon happen.  They take it personally, and it shows.  

With all of you, and splendid sponsors like John Hancock and adidas and all of our other enormously cooperative sponsors, it becomes a pleasure for those of us who work on the race to do so.

And finally, to all of the cities and towns along the route who host us all and make us feel like guests: we extend the thanks of 27,000 runners and 8,000 volunteers who learned from you once again what hospitality is all about.

It was a great day, and all of you made it happen.


Dave McGillivray        Tom Grilk

Race Director           Executive Director

B.A.A. Moment 2

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.