B.A.A. Running Club

Contact Info:
Michael Pieroni (Head Coach & Elite Athlete Programs)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116

B.A.A. Running Club

Today's B.A.A. Running Club is comprised of a dedicated corps of athletes with diverse running backgrounds and competitive goals. Club members participate in weekly workouts and meet regularly for organized long runs on selected weekends in preparation for spring and fall marathons.

As a team, the B.A.A. is a perennial contender at major New England road races, indoor and outdoor track meets, and cross country events. Individually, the club boasts a number of regional champions who have participated in national and international competitions.

Since 1991, the B.A.A. Running Club has enjoyed extensive and generous support from adidas. As such, the B.A.A. is able to provide you with numerous benefits throughout the year. Therefore, all B.A.A. Running Club members are required, as a condition of their membership, to wear the current club-issued uniform, adidas shoes, apparel AND accessories exclusively for all competitions, including warm-ups and warm-downs. It is also required that you wear adidas in formal B.A.A. practice sessions and training runs.


B.A.A. coaches assist our members to fully develop their athletic potential. One of the greatest benefits to members is access to our strong coaching staff, which is committed to providing training structure and guidance designed to meet your individual running and racing goals.

Workout Groups
As a member of the B.A.A. Running Club, you will be part of a network of runners and track athletes who have similar personal and competitive goals. Running and training with individuals of similar ability and fitness levels will help improve your performance. Year-round coached workouts take place in the Metro-Boston area.

Racing Team Program
The Boston Athletic Association offers a performance-based racing team program. Athletes will be provided with adidas footwear and uniform apparel and will receive support for development and competition.

The benefits program consists of two tiers based on performance levels. Athletes will be designated Level One or Level Two according to their recent performances. Assigned levels will be reviewed annually and the opportunity exists for athletes to advance to a higher level of support based on performance.

1500m 3:45 4:20
Mile 4:00 4:40
3000m 8:05 9:15
3K Steeplechase 8:55 10:25
5000m 14:10 16:20
10,000m 29:30 34:00

5K 14:20 16:30
8K 24:00 27:30
10K 29:50 34:30
Half Marathon 1:05:00 1:15:00
Marathon 2:18:00 2:40:00
Cross Country Top 10 individual at Club Nationals or Winter XC
Road Race Top 15 place at USATF National LDR Championship

1500m 4:00 4:35
Mile 4:10 4:50
3000m 8:25 9:40
3K Steeplechase 9:15 10:40
5000m 14:35 16:50
10,000m 30:50 35:30

5K 14:50 17:00
8K 24:30 28:30
10K 31:10 35:30
Half Marathon 1:09:00 1:18:30
Marathon 2:23:00 2:47:00
Cross Country Top 5 team scorer at Mayor's Cup or New Englands on a 1st place team or a top 30 individual at Club Nationals or Winter XC
Road Race Top 3 place in the Open Division at two USATF New England Championships

Masters and other age group athletes may be considered for equipment benefits if they meet the following criteria: top three finish at a USATF LDR National Championship or at the Boston Marathon; Placing in the top 2 in their age group overall in the final USATF New England Grand Prix Series Standings.

B.A.A. Running Club members who regularly compete in races will receive an adidas uniform consisting of shorts and singlet. B.A.A. Running Club members also receive discounts on adidas apparel and shoes at Boston area running stores.


Road Racing
The B.A.A. has a strong presence at selected major New England road racing events. The club fosters excellence and participation in the USA Track & Field New England Grand Prix Series (5K through the marathon).
Additionally, the B.A.A. fields competitive teams at most regionally-based national road championships, such as the Freihofer's 5K, the Tufts HealthPlan 10K for Women and the New Haven 20K.

Track & Field
The B.A.A. places individuals at nearly every regional meet, including the (indoors) Terrier Invitational, G.B.T.C. Invitational, adidas Boston Indoor Games, St. Valentine's Invitational and the (outdoors) Penn Relays, Mt. Sac Relays and the Boston High Performance Series.

Cross Country
In the fall, harriers focus on a series of races at Franklin Park, with the Mayor's Cup and New England Championships as the primary goals. Among preparatory events is the Boston Cross Country series. The B.A.A. often elects to field full squads or individuals at the Fall and Winter USA Cross Country Championships.

As one of the most prestigious athletic events in the world, our Boston Marathon is naturally a major competitive objective for many B.A.A. Team members. Runners follow specific training and racing programs tailored to their individual abilities, ambitions and target races. Team competition at the Boston Marathon promotes a spirited and friendly rivalry among local and national clubs.

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.