Boston Middle Schools Cross Country Championship

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

adidas With the goal of developing a year-round youth running presence in Boston, the Boston Athletic Association provided a novice cross-country regimen and championship to seven Boston Middle Schools during the fall of 1997. Today, the program continues to raise running interest and enthusiasm among Boston youth.

Sponsored by the B.A.A. and adidas, in partnership with the Boston Center for Youth and Families, the Boston Public Schools and Boston Parks & Recreation, the program consists of a four-week structured introduction to the sport of cross country. Focusing on the fundamentals of running, team participation, and health benefits, the training program offers a unique athletic opportunity to the youths of Greater Boston.

The program culminates with the Boston Middle School Cross Country Championship at historic Franklin Park, the site of the 1991 and 1995 USATF National Championships and the 1992 World Cross Country Championship. Held on the Thursday prior to the Mayor’s Cup Cross Country, the event consists of races for boys and girls, as well as a relay race among teams from each of the participating schools. Roberto Clemente Field in the Back Bay Fens and the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center has also hosted this event.

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.