B.A.A. 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:

  • B.A.A. Relay Challenge
  • B.A.A. Invitational Scholastic Mile and Middle School 1K
  • B.A.A. 10K Youth Races
  • B.A.A. Half Marathon Youth Races
  • Boston Middle School Cross Country Championship
  • Mayor’s Cup Cross Country Youth Races

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
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.