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 5

1920 - Ashland Start

The Boston Marathon began in Ashland, Massachusetts from 1897 through 1923 then moved to Hopkinton for the 1924 race. The course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton. Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.