Event Information

2015 B.A.A. 5K

In 2009, the first annual B.A.A. 5K was held a day prior to the Boston Marathon, giving runners a chance to kick off Boston Marathon weekend in grand style. Beginning in Copley Square and taking participants through Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, more than 3,500 athletes raced their way to the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street, where the raced finished. In the years since, the B.A.A. 5K has been a memorable highlight of Boston Marathon weekend, getting people into the running spirit before Marathon Monday. 
With more and more people wanting to take part in the B.A.A. 5K, the race moved its start and finish from Boylston Street to Charles Street adjacent to Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden in 2014, accommodating a field size of 10,000. The B.A.A. 5K serves as the first race of the B.A.A. Distance Medley, a three race series that also includes June's B.A.A. 10K and October's B.A.A. Half Marathon. Many of the world's fastest runners participate in the B.A.A. Distance Medley each year.


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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.