BAA Running Club Men Takes USATF Masters Team Championship

28 APR 2014
BAA Running Club Men Takes USATF Masters Team Championship

Members of the Boston Athletic Association's Running Club took top honors at the James Joyce Ramble & USATF Masters Championships this past weekend in Dedham, MA. Led by Peter Hammer (32:41), they finished 2nd, 5th, and 20th overall in the masters race to capture the team title with an average finishing time of 33:46 (Top three scoring). Other members of the team were Christopher Magill (32:58) and Wayne Levy, of the B.A.A. Board of Governors (35:39). Also on the team was Phil Ryan (1:07:10). Hammer and Levy came into the race fresh off the heels of their masters team title at the 2014 Boston Marathon, where they finished in 2:33:02 (137th overall) and 2:43:50 (517th overall) respectively. To see the team results from the James Joyce Ramble & USATF Masters Championships, click here.

The B.A.A. Running Club women placed second in the Master's Team Championship, with Diana Bowser (37:59, 2nd masters female, and 41st overall), Caroline Bjune (38:22, 4th masters female, and 45th overall), Mimi Fallon (40:25, 12th masters female, and 62nd overall), and Lisa Kaplan (41:18, 15th masters female, and 67th overall). Their average 10K time came to 38:56.

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.