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 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.