E. Flaminio to become B.A.A. President
will serve as first female in that capacity, effective January 1, 2011.
BOSTON, Mass. ÛÓ The Boston
Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced today that Joann E. Flaminio has been
elected B.A.A. President by the B.A.A. Board of Governors.
Flaminio, 54, will be the first female president of the
organization, which was established in 1887, and she will be the 23rd
president in B.A.A.’s 123-year history. She has been a member of
the B.A.A. since 1993 and has been on the B.A.A.’s Board of Governors
Flaminio was nominated to serve as president by Gloria G.
Ratti, and the motion was seconded by the previous four B.A.A. Presidents:
Thomas W. Whelton; Frank B. Porter, Jr.; John V. Coyle; and Thomas S.
Grilk. She was elected unanimously. Ratti is a longtime member of the
Board of Governors and is the organization’s historian and archivist.
A native of Worcester, Mass. she is employed
as a vice president in the investment industry and has served on numerous
philanthropic and athletic committees during her years of involvement with the
B.A.A. She attended Tufts
and earned her law degree from Suffolk University.
Effective January 1, 2011, Flaminio will succeed
Grilk as president, who will become B.A.A. Executive Director. Guy L.
Morse, III, who has served as the organization’s executive director (since
2000) and Boston Marathon Race Director (1985-2000), will become senior
director of external affairs as of that same date. David McGillivray remains
the Boston Marathon Race Director.
“Serving as B.A.A. President is a distinct
honor,” said Flaminio, who is a recreational runner. “I am
committed to the B.A.A.’s mission of promoting fitness through athletics,
and look forward to advancing our initiatives both with the Boston Marathon and
in our many other events.”
The 115th Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest annual
marathon and one of the world’s most prestigious road races, will be held on
Monday, April 18, 2011. For a full biography on Joann Flaminio, visit – http://www.baa.org/About/Board-of-Governors/Joann-E-Flaminio.aspx
About the B.A.A.
Established in 1887, the Boston
Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of managing
athletic events and promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially
running. Each year the Association manages a comprehensive schedule of
youth-running events, distance running training programs, and large-scale races
in the city of Boston. Most noteworthy
is the Boston Marathon, the world’s most prestigious and
oldest continually run marathon. Since the inaugural race in 1897, the Boston Marathon
has been the pinnacle for distance running worldwide, a position which was
reinforced in 1986 with the help of principal sponsor John Hancock Financial.
In 2006, the Boston Marathon joined the Bank of America
Chicago Marathon, the Berlin
Marathon, the Virgin London Marathon, and the ING
New York City Marathon to form the World Marathon