The Boston Running Collaborative

Developed by the B.A.A., the Boston Running Collaborative (BRC) is comprised of organizations and individuals committed to building a diverse Boston running community, improving health and wellness, and expanding access to running and walking in Boston with a focus on communities of color.

The Boston Running Collaborative


The Boston Running Collaborative is led by a steering committee from Greater Boston’s running and non-profit communities
  • Adrienne Benton, B.A.A. Board of Governors; Founder, Black Unicorn Marathoners; Member of Black Girls Run! and the National Black Marathoners Association
  • Darrelle Boyd, EdD, English/ESL teacher at the O’Bryant School, Former BPS track athlete; USATF Certified Track & Field Official 
  • Eric Francis, Boston Police Officer, Community Service Division, District D-4. Former BPS track athlete; USATF Certified Track & Field Official 
  • Sherman Hart, Manager of Track & Field, Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center; Roxbury Community College Former Collegiate Track & Field Head Coach (D1 & D3) 
  • Aliese Lash, Captain of PIONEERS Run Crew, Race Director of 26.TRUE Marathon, Owner of Liberated Light Counseling, MSW Field Advisor at Boston College
  • Sarah Lawton, Community Partnership Liaison for Councilor-At-Large Julia Mejia; Boston Public School Alumna; Former Captain of Boston’s City-Wide High School Cross Country Team. 
  • Thaddeus Miles, B.A.A. Member; Director of Community Services at MassHousing and founder of Hood Fit & The Black Joy Project. 
  • Kamilah Rowe, Assistant Manager of Track & Field, Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center; Alumna & former Head Track and Field Coach at John D. O’Bryant High School 
  • Scott Stover, Chief Marketing Officer, Boston Athletic Association 
  • Suzanne Walmsley, Director of Community Engagement, Boston Athletic Association 

By centering the conversation in the Boston running community, engaging supporters, and collectively leveraging our assets, the Boston Running Collaborative will develop, support, and promote innovative and accessible strategies, events, and programs to improve the health in underserved areas, diversify the sport, elevate diverse leaders in the sport, and bring communities together around running and fitness.

BRC Members

Currently, the BRC is comprised of organizations whose missions align with that of the BRC, have a presence in the walking and running space in Boston, and engage with diverse audiences.  Member organizations are expected to participate in planning meetings, serve on committees, and propose collaborative projects that are eligible for funding from the Boston Athletic Association. Any mission-aligned individual or organization in the Greater Boston area is welcome to attend Boston Running Collaborative Quarterly Meetings and be included on the email list.

Boston Running Collaborative Members represent the following organizations:

  • Black Girls Run
  • Black Men Run
  • Black Unicorn Marathoners
  • Boston Athletic Association
  • Boston Lions Track Club
  • Boston Police
  • Boston Public School Athletics
  • Boston Public Schools Alumni
  • Boston Public Schools Faculty
  • Boston United Track Club
  • City of Boston
  • Dimock Community Health Center
  • HoodFit
  • MetroCobras
  • PIONEERS Run Crew
  • Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center
  • TrailblazHers Run Crew
  • Trinity Boston Connects
  • USA Paralympics
  • USATF Officials
  • Youth Enrichment Services

BRC Youth Development Meets

The BRC is hosting 5 free youth developmental track meetS for Boston youth ages 4-14 throughout the summer. Come join in the fun and try some different events. No experience necessary and all participants receive a ribbon.

Runners who are blind, have mobility challenges, and wheelchair athletes are encouraged to participate. Please email Suzanne Walmsley in advance for planning purposes. Events will include 50m 200m, 400m, 800m One Mile, Javelin Toss and Long Jump. Click here for more information and to register.

Meet Dates & Locations
  • June 24: Moakley
  • July 8: Madison
  • July 22: East Boston
  • August 5: Madison
  • August 19: Madison

Grant Recipients 

In honor of the 125th Boston Marathon, the Boston Running Collaborative awarded $125,000 in grants to organizations that have engaged with the B.A.A. in work towards expanding athletic opportunities for all. The recipients of these grants include:

Learn More about the Boston Running Collaborative

If you would like to learn more or are interested in joining the BRC in the future please contact Suzanne Walmsley, Director of Youth & Community Engagement at,

Boston Running Collaborative Request for Proposal



B.A.A. Announces Boston Running Collaborative to Broaden Access to the Sport of Running Across Greater Boston