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 6

1972 - Women Official Entrants in Marathon

Although Bobbi Gibb was the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon in 1966, it was not until the 1972 Boston Marathon that women could become official entrants due to a change in AAU rules. Pictured (left to right) above are seven of the eight women who participanted in the first official women's field of the Boston Marathon - Nina Kusciak, Katherine Switzer, Elaine Pederson, Ginny Collins, Pat Barrett, Frances Morrison, Sara Mae Berman (not pictured - Valerie Rogosheske).