B.A.A. Relay Challenge

Contact Info:
Michael Pieroni (B.A.A. Head Coach)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
phone:617-236-1652
fax:617-236-4505
e-mail:pieroni@baa.org
Training Basics

B.A.A. Relay Challenge

The Boston Athletic Association is committed to introducing and encouraging the sport of running in the lives of Boston-area youths. Focusing on the fundamentals of running, team participation, and health benefits, the B.A.A. Relay Challenge offers a running program in the spring to promote a healthy lifestyle, while encouraging fitness through running.

The program is offered to middle school students and commences four weeks prior to the signature event - the B.A.A. Relay Challenge - on the weekend of the Boston Marathon. The race is conducted on Boylston Street in Boston, where the participants experience the thrill of competing near the iconic Boston Marathon finish line. Clubs are concentrated in the eight cities and towns along the Boston Marathon route; the program is also offered, as space allows, to facilities and administrators that have shown an interest in hosting.

Stonyfield OrganicMuch of this success can be attributed to the hard work and dedication of the coaches and facility coordinators. Commencing annually in mid-March, training begins at select middle schools and community-based organizations. Coaches train participating youths each week in one hour sessions, providing instruction that includes concepts such as teamwork, motivation and goal-setting.

The B.A.A. Relay Challenge and the corresponding training program are part of the year-round youth program initiative created from the partnership that exists between the B.A.A. and adidas. Close to 20,000 Boston-area youths have participated in the B.A.A. Relay Challenge since its inception in 1997.

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.