In the three months leading up to the Boston Marathon, B.A.A. 10K, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon, the B.A.A. hosts monthly training clinics in conjunction with adidas and Marathon Sports. The free clinics are open to registered entrants of the races and their guests. Like many of the B.A.A.'s programs, the clinics are staffed, presented, and promoted by the B.A.A. Running Club.
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Open and available to registered participants and their guests, these provide the opportunity for the B.A.A. staff and running club members to share both their knowledge and enthusiasm for the events, Guest speakers have included Boston Marathon champions, Hall of Fame coaches, Olympians, and leaders in specific fields of expertise. Designed to assist runners perform their best, the clinics cover topics such as creating customized training plans, diet and nutrition, apparel and footwear selection, and racing tips.
Training clinics are held in convenient locations and generally in the evenings. They include a discounted, personalized shopping experience followed by a 45-minute presentation. The B.A.A.'s objective in holding the clinics is to provide a level of support not seen elsewhere in the running industry and to offer an added benefit to those who enter its races. A maximized race performance and allowing runners to ask questions in one-on-one or group format are important components to this aspect of B.A.A. programming.
These clinics are promoted through e-mail to registrants of the Boston Marathon, B.A.A. 10K, and B.A.A. Half Marathon. The B.A.A. holds either three or four clinics in advance of each event, and they've been very well received by novice and advanced runners alike.