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Event Information: Saturday Events

Kick off Marathon Weekend in style by joining us for the B.A.A. 5K, B.A.A. Invitational Mile, and B.A.A. Relay Challenge.

B.A.A. 5K

In 2018, for the tenth time, race weekend will include a competitive citizens’ 5K, with a field limit of 10,000 runners. The B.A.A. 5K will be held on Saturday, April 14. The 3.1-mile course is a scenic tour though Boston’s Back Bay and Beacon Hill neighborhoods, passing some of Boston’s historical attractions. The race start and finish is at Boston Common, and crosses the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street after approximately 2.5 miles. The race has a $40,000 prize purse at stake, with $7,500 going to the first-place men’s and women’s finishers. This year’s 5K is the kick-off to the 2018 B.A.A. Distance Medley, composed of the B.A.A. 5K, the B.A.A. 10K, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon. In 2017, American Ben True broke his own national 5K record by winning in 13:20, while Ethiopia’s Buze Diriba won the women’s race in a sprint over American Molly Huddle.



The top scholastic boys and girls from the cities and towns of the Marathon course, as well as a field of professional male and female milers from around the world, will take off in the ninth annual B.A.A. Invitational Mile on Saturday, April 14. Races begin on Boylston Street, end at the Boston Marathon finish line, and provide an opportunity for athletes of a shorter distance to excel on race weekend. As part of the B.A.A.’s commitment to the cities and towns that host the event, the two top middle-school boys and girls from each city and town will compete in 1,000-meter races around the block on Saturday. The teenage competitors will get to cross the famous Marathon finish line in front of thousands of spectators. Rounding out the event are world-class elite professional races.



2018 marks the 22nd year of the Boston Athletic Association and adidas’s youth running program, designed to introduce kids to the benefits of the sport of running. “Club 122” is derived from the current year’s Marathon and begins four weeks before the program’s culmination: the B.A.A. Relay Challenge. Coaches train participants each week in one-hour sessions, providing instruction that includes concepts such as teamwork, motivation, and goal-setting. Last year, nearly 800 children from 17 Boston and neighboring-community youth clubs experienced the exhilaration and triumph of crossing the historic Boston Marathon finish line. The Relay Challenge consists of a series of age-group and team-oriented relay races. Club 122 and the B.A.A. Relay Challenge are part of the year-round Training Basics youth program, an initiative created from the partnership between the B.A.A. and adidas. Over 21,600 Boston-area youths have participated in the B.A.A. Relay Challenge since its inception in 1997.


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