Inaugural Boston Marathon Youth Jamboree on Sunday



Youths in grades pre-k through grade 8 invited to participate in this fun-filled, free event


Sunday, March 12, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) will host
the inaugural Boston Marathon Youth Running Jamboree at the Reggie Lewis
Track & Athletic Center, providing an opportunity for youth
athletes to experience the joys of track and field. The Boston Marathon
Youth Running Jamboree is a free, fun-filled event for children pre-K
through grade 8. Guiding the next generation of runners at the event
will be world-class athletes and coaches, as well as mascots from the
area’s top teams.


1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., youth athletes will take to the Reggie Lewis
track and infield to participate in age-group races and activity
stations, with medals being presented to every participant. A number of
VIP clinicians will take part in the festivities, including 1977 Boston
Marathon runner-up and women’s running pioneer Marilyn Bevans; American
Record holder and Olympian Ajee’ Wilson; USA national indoor 1000m
champion Charlene Lipsey; B.A.A. High Performance team members Jen
Rhines, Emily Lipari, Sarah Pagano, and Daniel Winn, as well as B.A.A.
High Performance coach Terrence Mahon. Also on hand will be 2012
Olympian and Boston native Ruben Sanca; Paralympic gold and silver
medalist Jerome Singleton; Randolph, Mass. Paralympian Femita Ayanbaku;
and Boston United Track Club/Emmanuel College Coach Tony DaRocha.


What: Boston Marathon Youth Jamboree

When: Sunday, March 12, 2017, 1:00 p.m. ‰ÛÒ 4:00 p.m.

Where: Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center

Youth grades pre-k through grade 8.  With the support and assistance of
Adaptive Sports New England, the clinic will be inclusive for youth
with visual and mobility impairments.

Cost: Free!


addition to races, attendees will have the chance to meet and take
pictures with some of the area’s most recognized mascots, including Pat
Patriot of the five-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots;
Spike, the unicorn mascot of the B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and
Women’s Hospital; and Wally the Green Monster of the Boston Red Sox.
Participants will also be able to connect with and get autographs from
the elite athletes in attendance.


the support of Adaptive Sports New England, children who are visually
impaired, have Cerebral Palsy, walk/run on a prosthetic, or have a
similar mobility impairment are welcome to participate at the Jamboree.
Children who use wheelchairs are also welcome. Families who may benefit
from the support of Adaptive Sports New England are encouraged to


For complete details and to sign-up for the free Boston Marathon Youth Running Jamboree, please visit Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.


Contact: Suzanne Walmsley, Youth & Community Engagement Director,



in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization
with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports,
especially running. The B.A.A.‰Ûªs Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest
annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events and
supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs,
including high performance athletes and running club. Since 1986, the
principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock
Financial. The B.A.A. and its running team receives year-round support
from adidas. More than 60,000 runners will participate in B.A.A. events
in 2017. The 121st Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 17, 2017.

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