Mayor Cup Cross Country Youth Races

Boys’ and Girls’ 1.1-mile Races

The Mayor’s Cup began in 1990 and the Boston Athletic Association, in partnership with adidas, has supported the event since 1997. Over that time, the event has grown to include multiple races for athletes of all ability levels, has become one of the premier cross country meets on the East Coast, and has been regarded as an important tune-up for the USA Fall National Club Cross Country Championship.

The Mayor’s Cup is directed by USA Track & Field – New England, and is staged with the cooperation of Boston Parks & Recreation and Boston Centers for Youth & Families. The youth portion consists of three races: girls’ & boys’ ages 6-10, girls’ & boys’ ages 11-12, and girls’ & boys’ ages 13-14. The course is the same 1.1 mile loop for all three age divisions. Additional information is below.

  • All races are timed using ChampionChip technology
  • Chips and instructions are provided to all runners on the morning of the event
  • USATF rules and regulations apply to all events
  • The following items are prohibited during the competition: use of headphones, running with pets, pushing of any “baby jogger”
  • Girls and boys age 14 and under participate in the kids

 

ELIGIBILITY

For youths 6 to 14-years-old (age on race day)

 

DISTANCE

1.1 miles

 

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Winners of the 6 to 14-years-old, 11 & 12-year-old, and 13 & 14-year-old divisions will receive awards. Second and third-place finishers will receive medals.

 

TEAM SCORING

Scoring by club’s top three finishers by place in each race for each gender. Team must be a bona fide youth club or school.

 

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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.