April 14, 2018
Back Bay to Boylston Street, Boston
In 2009, the first annual B.A.A. 5K was held a day prior to the Boston Marathon, giving runners a chance to kick off Boston Marathon weekend in grand style. Beginning in Copley Square and taking participants through Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, more than 3,500 athletes raced their way to the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street, where the raced finished. In the years since, the B.A.A. 5K has been a memorable highlight of Boston Marathon weekend, getting people into the running spirit before Marathon Monday.
With more and more people wanting to take part in the B.A.A. 5K, the race moved its start and finish from Boylston Street to Charles Street adjacent to Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden in 2014, accommodating a field size of 10,000. The B.A.A. 5K serves as the first race of the B.A.A. Distance Medley, a three race series that also includes June’s B.A.A. 10K and October’s B.A.A. Half Marathon. Many of the world’s fastest runners participate in the B.A.A. Distance Medley each year.
About Boston Athletic Association: Among the nation’s oldest athletic clubs, the Boston Athletic Association was established on March 15, 1887 under its first president, Robert F. Clark, and with the support of leading sports enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and politicians of the day. According to Article II of the B.A.A.’s 1890 Yearbook Constitution, their objective was to “encourage all manly sports and promote physical culture.”
For more information please visit: http://www.baa.org/races/5k/event-information.aspx