Event Information: Course Information

Start and finish line is located on Charles Street between the Boston Public Gardens and Boston Common

The B.A.A. 5K starts on Charles Street in between Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden. Participants will head south on Charles Street before taking a right onto Boylston Street, then another right onto Arlington Street. All athletes will proceed to take a left onto Commonwealth Avenue, eventually passing the one mile mark.

After going underneath the Massachusetts Avenue Underpass, participants will then turn left on Charlesgate West, making their way onto the inbound side of Commonwealth Avenue. From there runners will follow the Boston Marathon race course, going underneath the Massachusetts Avenue Underpass and taking a right onto Hereford Street, then a left onto Boylston Street.

Participants will pass over the Boston Marathon finish line, continuing on Boylston Street before taking a left on Charles Street for the finish.

The B.A.A. 5K kicks off the B.A.A. Distance Medley, which also includes the B.A.A. 10K and B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.  

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All of the above information is subject to change

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.