|DEAR BOSTON MARATHON RUNNERS,|
We are now inside of 125 days until the 2016 Boston Marathon! Training has begun for some, while many more will kick-off their Boston Marathon training plans in the coming weeks. We wish everyone the best of luck in preparing for Patriots` Day!
Over the course of the next few months, we will send you periodic e-mails with important race news and participant information. These e-mails will help ensure you have the best possible race experience in April.
If you have any questions about the event, check out our website and our FAQ section, or connect with us on social media.
The Boston Athletic Association
JOHN HANCOCK ANNOUNCES RETURN OF DEFENDING CHAMPIONS TO 2016 BOSTON MARATHON
Lelisa Desisa and Caroline Rotich Set To Defend Titles On April 18
We welcome you to join us to #RunBold over the most historic marathon course in the world on April 18, 2016. Sharing the roads with you will be the 2015 champions Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Caroline Rotich of Kenya. Both champions will return to defend their titles as part of the 2016 John Hancock Elite Athlete Team.
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Last year, Desisa broke away from the lead pack in the closing mile to secure his second Boston Marathon title. After his first win in 2013, Desisa gifted his champion`s medal back to the City of Boston to honor the victims and families affected by the April 15 race day tragedy. His sincere gesture earned him a place in the hearts of all who respect what the sport of marathon running exemplifies, and his repeat win has firmly placed him in the record books as the only Ethiopian man to have won the Boston Marathon twice.
"I am so happy to return to Boston in 2016 to try to make history as a three-time champion of the world`s most historic race and to do my best to represent Ethiopian running on the global stage," said Desisa. "Boston has become more than a race to me; the city and its people are special and my wins in Boston are the most important moments in my athletic career. I am dreaming of crossing the finish line first for the third time."
In the women`s race last year, there was another dramatic finish that hundreds of thousands of fans have come to expect at the Boston Marathon. In the final mile, three women pulled away from the lead pack: Rotich, Mare Dibaba and Buzunesh Deba. All brought Boston experience to the race and all were seeking their first Boston title. As Deba faded rounding the historic right on Hereford and left on Boylston, Rotich and Dibaba raced side-by-side down the finish stretch with Rotich prevailing by four seconds for the win.
"For what Boston has given me and what Boston has endured, I would like to give back by defending my title on April 18," said Rotich. "I cannot wait to line up with everyone else and give it 100 percent."
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|THE ROAD TO BOSTON |
What you can expect leading up to the Boston Marathon
Now that you are entered in the 2016 Boston Marathon, what can you expect next? By now you should have received your Confirmation of Acceptance Card in the mail. In the coming months, you are cordially invited to join the B.A.A. at one of our many training clinics at Boston Marathon adidas RunBase on Boylston Street, where experts will discuss how to best prepare for April`s race.
The B.A.A. has put together a timeline for what to look for in the coming months. This includes when you can submit improved qualifying times, when you can expect your wave and corral assignment, and other important dates to remember.
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|BOSTON MARATHON CLINIC SERIES |
2016 clinic series will take place at Boston Marathon adidas RunBase
Hosted by the B.A.A. in cooperation with our sponsors, race officials, and experts, these clinics will help get you ready to run your best Boston Marathon.
Four clinics will be offered between now and the 2016 Boston Marathon. They will all be held at Boston Marathon adidas RunBase, located steps from the finish line at 855 Boylston Street. Boston Marathon adidas RunBase is an adidas-exclusive experience that showcases the history of the Boston Marathon 52 weeks a year.
|Monday, January 11|
|Winter training advice|
|Monday, February 8|
|Nutrition and training tips|
|Monday, March 7|
|Monday, April 4|
All five clinics will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET. Parking is available nearby at 100 Clarendon Street Garage.
Designed to help you train to run your best race, the clinics are free and open to officially registered participants in the 2016 Boston Marathon and their guests.
To learn more about the 2016 Boston Marathon Clinic Series, and to register for the clinics, click the button below:
|2016 BOSTON MARATHON TRAINING CLINIC #1|
Getting "Battle Ready" by following your training plan
At the first of five 2016 Boston Marathon Training Clinics, participants were advised on how to best prepare for April`s race. Based on an easy-to-follow six step guide, all runners are able to become better overall athletes by focusing on their body and its mechanics.
Among topics discussed at the opening clinic were base training; prehab instead of rehab; how to get and stay healthy; and how to solidify a solid game plan.
For more information on the Boston Marathon Training Clinic Series, and to register for an upcoming clinic, click below:
|2016 BOSTON MARATHON TRAINING PLAN|
Developed by B.A.A. High Performance coach Terrence Mahon
With 2016 fast approaching, now is the time to get your training into gear for the 2016 Boston Marathon. How can we help you? What guidance can we provide?
The B.A.A. and B.A.A. High Performance coach Terrence Mahon have developed specialized training plans for runners of all abilities, helping you run your best Boston Marathon.
Be sure to check out Coach Mahon`s detailed training plans, and select which one is best for you. Over the course of the next few months, we`ll drop in to check on your training and provide you some top tips from Coach Mahon.
For more information about B.A.A.`s Boston Marathon Training Plan, click below:
TRAINING TIP BY TERRENCE MAHON
How do you beat the winter running blues? The key is not to get blue in the first place - get and stay warm. Running in cold weather is a much more enjoyable experience when you head out the door wearing appropriate clothing for the conditions. Take time now to do an inventory of your cold-weather running wardrobe. Look for what`s missing. Maybe it is a moisture wicking hat, a fleece lined windbreaker, or some thicker running socks. One or two articles of clothing can make the difference between an enjoyable run on a cold winter morning or a frigid slugfest with Mother Nature. Invest in your marathon training by getting those extra layers ready. Your hands and feet will thank you now, and your Marathon fitness will thank you later!
|B.A.A. DISTANCE MEDLEY REGISTRATION OPENS JANUARY 19 |
Three race series includes the B.A.A. 5K, B.A.A. 10K, and B.A.A. Half Marathon
The Boston Athletic Association will open registration for the 2016 B.A.A. Distance Medley on Tuesday, January 19 at 10:00 a.m. ET., allowing entry into the three-race series which includes April`s B.A.A. 5K, June`s B.A.A. 10K, and October`s B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.
For more information on the 2016 B.A.A. Distance Medley, click the button below:
|B.A.A. 5K REGISTRATION OPENS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27|
2016 B.A.A. 5K to be held on Saturday, April 16
Registration for the 2016 B.A.A. 5K will open on Wednesday, January 27, at 10:00 a.m. ET. Registration will be held at www.baa.org, and limited to 10,000 entrants.
The Boston Athletic Association will host the 2016 B.A.A. 5K on Saturday, April 16 at 8:00 a.m., two days prior to the 2016 Boston Marathon. The start and finish is located on Charles Street between the Boston Public Garden and Boston Common
The B.A.A. 5K will mark the start of the 2016 B.A.A. Distance Medley, a three-race series which combines the B.A.A. 5K, the B.A.A. 10K, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.
For more information about the B.A.A. 5K, click the button below:
|NEED TO UPDATE YOUR BOSTON MARATHON QUALIFYING TIME? |
Since registering for the 2016 Boston Marathon, if you have improved your qualifying time and wish to submit your new time, please click the button below:
Submissions will only be accepted through Monday, February 1 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
| OFFICIAL BOSTON MARATHON PONCHO FROM HEATSHEETS|
Not just for race weekend
Protect yourself and/or your loved ones from cold, wind and potential rain with an Official Boston Marathon Poncho! Available now for just $10. This is the perfect solution for the Athletes` Village on race morning, plus for everyday use by runners, spectators and fans:
- Runners trying to keep their body and muscles warm before and after training sessions.
- Supporters and race spectators in Boston and beyond.
- Souvenirs, mementos, and gifts.
- Travel, camping, outdoor events or emergency kits.
The easy-to-wear pullover poncho provides spacious arm holes and a hood to keep you warm and protected in case of wind or rain. The poncho, decorated with the Boston Marathon and B.A.A. Unicorn logo, features Silver Lining technology originally developed for use by the U.S. Space program. This technology helps you retain up to 90 percent of your body heat, even if wet. Key Product Features:
- Lightweight poncho retains up to 90 percent of your body heat and keeps moisture and cold air away (heat retention of a plastic poncho = 0%).
- Pullover design features useful hood to protect against inclement weather.
- Easy to clean and comfortable to wear.
- Proudly displays the Boston Marathon and B.A.A. Unicorn logo.
- Heatsheets components made in the United States.
- One size fits all.