Official History Of The Boston Athletic Association
For Release: Friday, March 29, 2013
 
BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION   40 Trinity Place, 4th floor   Boston, Massachusetts, 02116   Telephone: 617-236-1652   www.baa.org
 
The B.A.A. at 125:  The Official History Of The Boston Athletic Association, 1887-2012
 
New book from Sports Publishing, a division of Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., to be available on April 1.
 
Author John Hanc to make appearances on Boston Marathon® weekend.
 
 
BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that The B.A.A. at 125: The Official History Of The Boston Athletic Association will be available on Monday, April 1 on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, and at select bookstores everywhere. The book is written by John Hanc and published by Sports Publishing, a division of Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
 
The B.A.A. at 125 is the story of the organization best known as the club responsible for the Boston Marathon®.  This year’s Boston Marathon is Monday, April 15, and the book also will be available at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo at the John B. Hynes Convention Center from Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14. During Boston Marathon® weekend, author John Hanc will make several special appearances at events surrounding the 117th running of the world’s oldest annual marathon. An avid runner, Hanc is participating in this year’s event.
 
A schedule of Hanc’s presentations to showcase the book is attached.
 
 
A special event to launch the book will take place in the Town of Hopkinton on Wednesday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. ET.  Held at the Hopkinton High School auditorium, an author signing and presentation will be followed by a dessert reception. Presented by the B.A.A., the 26.2 Foundation, and Wellesley Books, the event will also feature four-time Boston Marathon champion Bill Rodgers; Greg Meyer, 1983 Boston Marathon champion and the most recent American male to win the event; and Lisa Hughes, WBZ-TV news anchor. This event is open to the general public, but it is necessary to RSVP. Those interested in attending may RSVP by going to http://baa125.eventbrite.com
 
The B.A.A. will also feature Hanc at a media conference on Thursday, April 11 at 2:30 p.m. ET at the Fairmont Copley Plaza (Venetian Room), 138 St. James Avenue, Boston. Hanc will discuss The B.A.A. at 125 and the history and unique characteristics behind the organization responsible for the Boston Marathon. The event is for media only and requires a credential to attend.
 
Also, Hanc will give a presentation and lead several discussion sessions and conduct book signings in the Boston area from Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14. These events, listed below, are open to the general public.
 
The Boston Marathon is run through eight cities and towns, and the B.A.A. recently contributed a book to every middle school, high school and library on the 26.2-mile course.  In total, 133 books were contributed to the libraries and schools.
 
“The B.A.A. was founded as and remains a non-profit organization established to promote a healthy lifestyle and fitness through athletics, especially running events,” said Joann E. Flaminio, B.A.A. President.  “The B.A.A. at 125 creates an awareness of the important role the  B.A.A. and the Boston Marathon has played in the community and sports history.”  
 
The Sports Publishing title features more than 100 rare photos from the B.A.A. archives and recounts the history of the Boston Athletic Association, one of the oldest athletic clubs in America. Established in 1887, the B.A.A. created the Boston Marathon, fielded the first U.S. Olympic Team, was among the country’s first-ever health clubs, and helped spark the modern fitness movement.
 
Hanc is a long-time writer for Newsday, a contributing editor to Runner’s World, and an author of ten books, including his award-winning memoir on running the 2005 Antarctica Marathon, The Coolest Race on Earth (Chicago Review Press). The book also features a preface by Boston native and sports enthusiast Matt Damon.