Youth Programs

B.A.A. Youth Programs

Since the B.A.A. renewed its commitment to youth running in 1997, nearly 35,000 Boston-area youth have experienced the inspiration and excitement of a B.A.A. program. Under the umbrella term Training Basics™, each ‘Club’ number corresponds to the number of years that the Boston Marathon has been contested. The program began with Club 101 in 1997 and, with the generous support from adidas and the City of Boston, the B.A.A. has expanded its efforts and remains committed to introducing and encouraging the sport of running in the lives of Boston-area youths.

The B.A.A. offers the following programs & races annually:

In addition, the B.A.A. has supported partnerships that further its mission of promoting fitness through running. Two recent programs include:

  • Partnering with The LINKS and the Boston Public Schools to support the Martin Luther King, Jr. K–8 School with year-round health and wellness initiatives and the Fit for a King Field Day;
  • Support for the Massachusetts Middle School Cross Country Championship

Click on any of the programs listed above for further information.

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.