New England Honda Dealers Partner with Boston Marathon & B.A.A. Distance Medley as Official Vehicle Sponsor

The Honda lineup will be at the front of the field as runners take to the course

BOSTON — The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced a multiyear partnership with New England Honda Dealers naming Honda as the official vehicle of the Boston Marathon and B.A.A. Distance Medley. A variety of Honda cars, trucks and motorcycles will serve in various capacities to lead nearly 30,000 participants at the front of the Boston Marathon.

“We at the B.A.A. welcome Honda into our family of sponsors and look forward to seeing their vehicles at our events throughout the coming years,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. President and Chief Executive Officer. “The B.A.A. and New England Honda Dealers are both committed to a memorable and smooth experience on the roads, no matter if you are running or driving.”

Among this year’s vehicles for the 126th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18 are the 2022 Honda Passport 5-passenger SUV and Ridgeline midsize pickup truck, as well as two Gold Wing motorcycles and the Metropolitan scooter. Honda vehicles will escort the honorary Grand Marshal along the course, as well as the top professional men, women, and wheelchair athletes as they make their way toward the finish line. Honda vehicles also will be part of the road reopening program at the conclusion of each event.

Runners and fans alike can interact with Honda vehicles featured at Boston Marathon Fan Fest on Copley Square Park and the Boston Marathon Expo at the Hynes Convention Center from April 15-17. A special Honda Distance Medley Tent will be available for participants at all three B.A.A. Distance Medley events: the B.A.A. 5K on April 16, B.A.A. 10K on June 26, and B.A.A. Half Marathon on November 13. Honda’s newest models will be on display for runners, volunteers, and spectators to enjoy.

The Boston Marathon is the oldest annual marathon in the world, and the 126th edition will be run on Monday, April 18. Nearly 30,000 participants are expected to participate in the 126th Boston Marathon.

The B.A.A. Distance Medley is a three-race series held throughout the calendar year and is open to athletes of all ages and ability levels.


Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. For more information on the B.A.A., the B.A.A. running club, or the B.A.A. High Performance Team, please visit


Honda offers a full line of clean, safe, fun and connected vehicles sold through more than 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. Honda has the highest fleet average fuel economy and lowest CO2 emissions of any major full-line automaker in America, according to the latest data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Honda lineup includes the Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan. Honda’s electrified vehicle lineup includes the Clarity Fuel Cell and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, Accord Hybrid, CR-V Hybrid and Insight hybrid-electric sedan – to be joined in 2024 by the Honda Prologue, Honda’s first volume battery-electric vehicle.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 40 years and currently operates 18 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2021, more than 95% of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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