Runner’s Seminar Series

Runner’s Seminar Series

The Runner’s Seminar Series has become a significant part of the Boston Marathon experience. We are proud to again provide a weekend full of exciting and diverse running seminars. The weekend-long series features extraordinary speakers and topics relevant to runners of all levels.

2017 Schedule

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Time Topic Speaker
Saturday, April 15, 2017 Hynes Convention Center Room 200
11:00 – 11:45 AM Reflections and Advice from Past Champions Eight-time Boston Marathon Champion Jean Driscoll will be joined by 1976 Champion Jack Fultz, 1983 Champion Greg Meyer, and other race legends as they share their stories of training and triumph in the Boston Marathon.
12:00 – 12:45 PM Just Call Me Jock: The History & Legacy of Boston's Mr. Marathon Tom Murphy, "Just Call Me Jock" co-author will be joined by Amby Burfoot, Runner's World Editor at Large, Tom Dederian, producer of BOSTON: The Documentary, Dick Johnson, Boston Sports Museum Director, John Powers of the Boston Globe, John Connolly of the Boston Herald and Patti Catalano Dillon, National Distance Running Hall of Fame Member to discuss the life and legacy of Jock Semple.
1:00 – 1:45 PM Yes You Can! Inspiration with Team Hoyt Dick & Rick Hoyt share their inspiring tales of running Boston and competing around the world.
2:30 – 3:15 PM Course Preview from the Race Management Team Dave McGillivray, Boston Marathon Race Director & Doug Flannery, B.A.A. Director of Operations give runners a preview on what to expect along the course on race day, and will take questions from the audience.
3:30 – 4:15 PM 50 Years Later With Kathrine Switzer Women's running pioneer Kathrine Switzer shares her story of the 1967 Boston Marathon and how it continues to inspire thousands of women around the world.
4:30 – 5:15 PM How to Run Your Best Boston Marathon Members of the B.A.A. Running Club share insights and guidance from years of experience on the Boston Marathon course.
Sunday, April 16, 2017 Hynes Convention Center Room 200
10:00 – 10:45 AM 50 Years Strong – 50 Straight Boston Marathon Finishes This year, Bennett Beach attempts to be the first person to complete 50 consecutive Boston Marathons. Hear his experiences from half a century of running Boston.
11:00 – 11:45 AM Reflections from Past Champions – Class of 1967 Bobbi Gibb & David McKenzie were the first to the finish line in 1967, and Bobbi was the
first woman to ever run the Boston Marathon when she did it 'unofficially' in 1966.
12:00 – 12:45 PM Course Preview and Q&A from Race Management Team Doug Flannery, B.A.A. Director of Operations, gives runners a preview on what to expect along the course on race day, and will take questions from the audience.
1:00 – 1:45 PM Boston: The Documentary Director and cinematographer Jon Dunham, and producer Megan Williams speak about creating BOSTON, the first full-length documentary about the Boston Marathon.
2:00 – 2:45 PM Women's Running – Tips and Guidance for Running the Boston Marathon B.A.A. High Performance Team Member and three-time Olympian Jen Rhines leads a conversation about women’s training, running, and overall health with the women from the B.A.A. High Performance Team, and will answer questions from the audience.
3:00 – 3:45 PM Abbott World Marathon Majors: What It Means For the Sport and for Runners Chris Miller, Abbott DVP Global Brand Strategy & Innovation; Tim Hadzima, Abbott WMM General Manager; Tom Grilk, B.A.A. CEO; Carey Pinkowski, Bank of America Chicago Marathon Executive Race Director; Peter Ciaccia, NYRR President of Events & TCS NYC Marathon Race Director; Tad Hayano, Tokyo Marathon Race Director.