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 8

1996 - Centennial Boston Marathon

The historic centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 was monumental for many reasons. It was the not only the first time that the ChampionChip timing and scoring device was used in a major US Marathon, but it was the largest running event ever held at the time. 

The starting field of 38,708 stood for more than seven years as the largest in the history of the sport. Included among the finishers were 16 Boston champions.