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BAA & USATF-NE Celebrate Nat’l Running Day in Boston

B.A.A.
and USA Track & Field ‰ÛÒ New England
Team-up
for National Running Day in Boston

BOSTON
‰ÛÒ To commemorate and raise awareness of National Running Day on Wednesday, June
1, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) will sponsor entry fees for all
participants at the USA Track & Field ‰ÛÒ New England (USATF) Mini Track Meet
on Wednesday, June 1.

The
B.A.A. and USATF-NE share a common mission of promoting running and healthy,
active lifestyles.  The USATF-NE
Mini Meet will be run at M.I.T. in Cambridge, Mass., and is part of a spring series of mini
meets at MIT organized by the area‰Ûªs governing body for the
sport.

National
Running Day is a country-wide effort encouraging healthy and fit lifestyles
through the benefits of the sport. No matter your abilities, National Running
Day is a chance for everyone to lace up their sneakers and get moving. In the
Boston area, the
B.A.A. and USATF-NE are two of the most visible and recognizable promoters of
running. Around the country, numerous other running organizations and
initiatives are taking place throughout the day.

To
celebrate the day, the B.A.A. and USATF-NE invite all runners, as well as those
interested in giving running a try, to participate in the USATF-NE Mini Meet
free of charge. The meet offers novices and newcomers a chance to try various
running events. Sign-up and registration occurs on-site at the event. There is
no pre-registration.

Since
its inception in 2009, National Running Day has been celebrated in Boston through various
means. In its inaugural year, the Boston Athletic Association and four-time
Boston Marathon Champion Bill Rodgers ran with participants prior to and during
the USATF-NE Mini Meet.

What:             
USATF ‰ÛÒ New England Mini Track Meet

When:            
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Location:        
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(M.I.T.) outdoor track facility Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

For:
                
All ages and abilities. Age limitations in events as follows

Youth:
Bantam and Midget age groups (12 & under) are limited to races 800 meters
& shorter

Schedule:
       6:00
p.m. ‰ÛÒ Registration Begins

6:30
p.m. ‰ÛÒ USATF-NE Mini Meet Begins with competition events

To
view a complete meet schedule, see: http://www.usatfne.org/track/entry/2011-mini-info.pdf

The
USATF-NE Mini Meet at MIT in Cambridge is
organized by: USA Track & Field ‰ÛÒ New
England (617-566-7600; office@usatfne.org)

About
the Boston
Athletic Association

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. The B.A.A.‰Ûªs Boston Marathon is
the world‰Ûªs oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local
events, including the B.A.A. 10K and B.A.A. Half Marathon presented by
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, and supports comprehensive
charity, youth, and year-round running programs. Since 1986, the principal
sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial Services.
Additional information about the Boston Athletic
Association, the 116th Boston Marathon, and the B.A.A.‰Ûªs year-round schedule of running
events and activities can be found online at www.baa.org.

About
USATF ‰ÛÒ New England

USATF-NE
is the local New England association of the USA
Track & Field. As one of USATF‰Ûªs 57 associations, USATF ‰ÛÒ New England
administers programs in the states of Massachusetts, New
Hampshire, Rhode Island, and
Vermont. With
over 3300 members, 120 member clubs, and 400 sanctioned events, the New England association is one of the most active and
largest associations in the country. www.usatfne.org for more information.

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