B.A.A. Relay Challenge

Promoting a healthy lifestyle through running


12:00 p.m. - Team Arrival at Copley Square Park

  • Sign in and receive corral location
  • Warm-up in corral and park area

1:00 p.m. Relay Races - 7 Heats Total

  • Age Group Relay Races – 300 meters per runner
     - 13 and over age group relay
     - 12 and under age group relay 
  • Mixed Age Group Races – 300 meters per runner
    - 5 Heats

2:35 p.m.  All-Star Mile Relay - 2 Heats

  • Two boys and two girls per club
  • First three legs run 450 meters, anchor leg runs 250 meters
  • Trophies will be awarded to the top teams.

2:50 p.m. -  Award Presentation

  • Participants in the All-Star Mile Relay remain on the street for awards

3:00 PM  Teams Depart Copley Square Park



What time are the teams arriving?
The relay participants will be arriving with their coaches at Copley Square around 12 noon on Saturday.

What time should I arrive?
The opening announcements begin at 12:45 PM, so it is recommended that you arrive a few minutes prior to that in order to ensure that you don’t miss anything!

Where should I park?
If you are planning on driving into Boston to watch the relay events, we recommend that you park at one of the following lots (they are both within a 5 minute walk to Copley Square Park);
Garage at 100 Clarendon, 100 Clarendon Street, Boston MA, 02116

Is the location accessible by MBTA?
Yes, you can take the Orange line or Commuter Rail to Back Bay Station and the Green Line to Copley Station. Visit http://mbta.com/ for more information.

What time do the relays begin?
The first age group relay will begin at 1:00PM, followed by the mixed relays starting at 1:10PM, Races will run continuously and conclude with the All-Star Mile Relay beginning at 2:35 PM.

What time and where is the awards ceremony?
The awards ceremony will take place on Boylston Street in front of the stage bordering Copley Square Park around 2:50PM. The top 5 teams from the All Star Mile Relay will receive a trophy. All participants will receive a medal from their coach at the conclusion of the event.

Where will my child be before and during the relay challenges?
Your child will be with their team in their corral. The team corrals are on either side of Boylston Street, beginning at the intersection of Clarendon. They will be labeled with their corresponding team names so to make them easier to locate.

Where is the best place to watch the race?
We recommend that you stand along Boylston Street between Clarendon and Dartmouth.

How should my child prepare for the day?
Participants should be dressed appropriately for the weather including the BAA tshirt and apply sunscreen if needed.  We also recommend that your child bring a water bottle and a small snack.



The Boston Athletic Association is committed to introducing and encouraging the sport of running in the lives of Boston-area youths. Focusing on the fundamentals of running, team participation, and health benefits, the B.A.A. Relay Challenge offers a running program in the spring to promote a healthy lifestyle, while encouraging fitness through running.

The program is offered to middle school students and commences four weeks prior to the signature event - the B.A.A. Relay Challenge - on the weekend of the Boston Marathon. The race is conducted on Boylston Street in Boston, where the participants experience the thrill of competing near the iconic Boston Marathon finish line. Clubs are concentrated in the eight cities and towns along the Boston Marathon route; the program is also offered, as space allows, to facilities and administrators that have shown an interest in hosting.

Much of this success can be attributed to the hard work and dedication of the coaches and facility coordinators. Commencing annually in mid-March, training begins at select middle schools and community-based organizations. Coaches train participating youths each week in one hour sessions, providing instruction that includes concepts such as teamwork, motivation and goal-setting.

The B.A.A. Relay Challenge and the corresponding training program are part of the year-round youth program initiative created from the partnership that exists between the B.A.A. and adidas. Close to 20,000 Boston-area youths have participated in the B.A.A. Relay Challenge since its inception in 1997.

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