National Running Day

Contact Info:
Marc Davis (Communications Manager)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
02 JUN 2014
Be a part of National Running Day - a coast-to-coast celebration of running.

National Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running. This year’s National Running Day will be held on Wednesday, June 4. On this day, longtime runners will reaffirm their love of running and beginners can kick off a lifetime and life-changing commitment.

Several representatives from the Boston Athletic Association will meet for an informal run at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) on Wednesday, June 4 on the Charles River side of the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge in Boston (SEE MAP LOCATION) near the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Esplanade. Among those expected to attend will be Tom Grilk, Executive Director of the B.A.A.; Dave McGillivray, Boston Marathon Race Director; Terrence Mahon, B.A.A. High Performance head coach; and, Jen Rhines, three-time U.S. Olympian. Any and all are welcome to join the B.A.A. for either a three-mile or six-mile run along Boston’s beautiful Charles River. This is a casual meet-up on National Running Day with no advanced notice required, and no registration of any kind.

Since 2009, the country's foremost running organizations have worked together to celebrate our sport with thousands of participants on the first Wednesday of June. We encourage runners to join in by planning a run, spreading the running bug to a friend, signing up for a race, or setting a new goal.

This year, we’re encouraging everyone to run or walk on National Running Day and track it through Charity Miles. Your mileage will help great causes earn critical funds.
Here’s how it works:

  • Download the free Charity Miles app to your iPhone or Android.
  • Choose the charity you want to support.
  • Select walk or run, and start moving! Every mile logged produces a donation toward your selected charity.
  • Every outing is an opportunity to support a new charity.
  • For more information, head to

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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.