Statement from Jack Fleming, President & CEO of Boston Athletic Association

Statement from Jack Fleming, President & CEO of the Boston Athletic Association: 

“We know what the Boston Marathon means to our communities; it is very personal to so many of you. We know that everyone who participates loves to celebrate the excitement of the race, whether you are an athlete, volunteer, spectator or supporter.

However, this year, we know that we did not deliver on our promise to make it a great day for everyone.  We met with two groups last night, who the B.A.A. proudly supports in their running activities, their members and their mission - PIONEERS Run Crew and TrailblazHers Run Co. – two of Boston’s premier clubs for BIPOC runners. They expressed to us their deep concerns that they were not given the chance to enjoy the day and celebrate their friends, families and all participants as they approached Heartbreak Hill – that is on us. It is our job, and we need to do better to create an environment that is welcoming and supportive of the BIPOC communities at the marathon. 

We appreciate and rely on the support and services of the eight cities and towns that make up the Boston Marathon course. We could not do it without the first responders and law enforcement agencies across 26.2 miles that is necessary at an event of this scale. We ask for everyone’s support as we move forward to improve the event for generations to come.”