B.A.A. and USA Track & Field New England Team-up for National Running Day in Boston

31 MAY 2011
BOSTON – To commemorate and raise awareness of National Running Day on Wednesday, June 1, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) will sponsor entry fees for all participants at the USA Track & Field – New England (USATF) Mini Track Meet on Wednesday, June 1.

The B.A.A. and USATF-NE share a common mission of promoting running and healthy, active lifestyles.  The USATF-NE Mini Meet will be run at M.I.T. in Cambridge, Mass., and is part of a spring series of mini meets at MIT organized by the area’s governing body for the sport.

National Running Day is a country-wide effort encouraging healthy and fit lifestyles through the benefits of the sport. No matter your abilities, National Running Day is a chance for everyone to lace up their sneakers and get moving. In the Boston area, the B.A.A. and USATF-NE are two of the most visible and recognizable promoters of running. Around the country, numerous other running organizations and initiatives are taking place throughout the day.

To celebrate the day, the B.A.A. and USATF-NE invite all runners, as well as those interested in giving running a try, to participate in the USATF-NE Mini Meet free of charge. The meet offers novices and newcomers a chance to try various running events. Sign-up and registration occurs on-site at the event. There is no pre-registration.

Since its inception in 2009, National Running Day has been celebrated in Boston through various means. In its inaugural year, the Boston Athletic Association and four-time Boston Marathon Champion Bill Rodgers ran with participants prior to and during the USATF-NE Mini Meet.

What:  USATF – New England Mini Track Meet
When:  Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) outdoor track facility     Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
For:   All ages and abilities. Age limitations in events as follows
Youth: Bantam and Midget age groups (12 & under) are limited to races 800 meters & shorter

6:00 p.m. – Registration Begins
6:30 p.m. – USATF-NE Mini Meet Begins with competition events

To view a complete meet schedule, see: http://www.usatfne.org/track/entry/2011-mini-info.pdf

The USATF-NE Mini Meet at MIT in Cambridge is organized by: USA Track & Field – New England (617-566-7600; office@usatfne.org)
About USATF – New England
USATF-NE is the local New England association of the USA Track & Field. As one of USATF’s 57 associations, USATF – New England administers programs in the states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. With over 3300 members, 120 member clubs, and 400 sanctioned events, the New England association is one of the most active and largest associations in the country. www.usatfne.org for more information.
B.A.A. Moment 1

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.