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 7

1977 - Bob Hall Becomes the First Person to Complete the Race in a Wheelchair

In 1977, Bob Hall pioneered the division when he became the first person to complete the race in a wheelchair in 1975, making good on his promise to finish in under three hours.