B.A.A. Supports Blindfold Challenge Within B.A.A. 5K

Contact Info:
Marc Davis (Communications Manager)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
01 APR 2014
Boston Athletic Association provides opportunity for local non-profits through its support of Blindfold Challenge within B.A.A. 5K

Event during Boston Marathon® weekend will include opportunity to raise awareness and funds for blind or visually impaired children and adults.

On Saturday, April 19, 2014, the Boston Athletic Association will support local blindness organizations - National Braille Press, Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Perkins, and The Carroll Center for the Blind - by hosting the third annual blindfold challenge within its B.A.A. 5K.

This year, the B.A.A. 5K start and finish line has been relocated from Copley Square Park to Boston Common to accommodate a larger field size. The race begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

On race day, 35 teams of runners, comprised of a blindfolded member with a sighted guide, will participate in the B.A.A. 5K.  Each team commits to raising a minimum of $500 to benefit the participating non-profit organizations.  The pairs of runners will join a field of 10,000 entrants.  The 2014 B.A.A. 5K has reached its maximum field size and entry is closed.

The B.A.A.'s inclusion of the blindfold challenge in the B.A.A. 5K will bring awareness and resources to essential efforts to give blind or visually impaired children and adults the power to live more independently.  In the challenge, runners are connected by a two-foot tether and will run the same course, at the same time, and under the same circumstances as the other runners in the 3.1-mile event.  The pair attends one training session to heighten their awareness of the capabilities of all people when given the proper tools.

"We will once again partner with these instrumental organizations at the B.A.A. 5K on Boston Marathon weekend to provide an opportunity to run in one of Boston's most anticipated road races of the year," said Boston Athletic Association executive director Tom Grilk. "The many participants that choose to run blindfolded inspire these organizations and the people with whom they work."

Proceeds from the Blindfold Challenge benefit four Boston-based groups that support the blind and visually impaired:


B.A.A. Moment 3

1966 - Bobbi Gibb

Although not an official entrant, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Joining the starting field shortly after the gun had been fired, Gibb finished the race in 3:21:40 to place 126th overall. Gibb again claimed the “unofficial” title in 1967 and 1968.