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. has announced there will be a new course for the 2015 B.A.A. 5K, to be held on Saturday, April 18. The B.A.A. 5K is the first race of the 2015 B.A.A. Distance Medley, and will be run two days prior to the 2015 Boston Marathon.

Seeking to enhance each participant's raceday experience, the B.A.A. has slightly altered this year's B.A.A. 5K course from the race route used in 2014. The event will still start and finish at Boston Common, taking runners on a scenic tour through Boston's Back Bay neighborhood and across the Boston Marathon finish line.

The 2015 B.A.A. 5K will begin 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 began in 2009, with the original start and finish located at Copley Square in Boston's Back Bay. Accomodating an increasing field size, the start and finish was relocated to Boston Common in 2014. This year, 10,000 runners are expected to participate in the B.A.A. 5K. Registration opened to the public on February 4 and closed on February 13 after the maximum field size had been met.

The B.A.A. 5K kicks off the 2015 Distance Medley, which also includes the B.A.A. 10K (June 21) and B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund (October 11).  

(Click on the image below to see a large version of the course map)


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.