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 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.