Seaport World Trade Center | Waterfront Ballroom

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, tips from professional runners, former Boston Marathon winners, and topics relevant to runners of all levels. Find your inspiration and learn tips to run your best race yet!

Free and Open to the Public

2018 Schedule

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Time Topic Speaker
Saturday, April 14, 2018 Seaport World Trade Center | Waterfront Ballroom
10:00 – 10:45 AM Reflections and Advice from Past Champions Jacqueline Hansen ‘73; Sara Mae Berman ’69, ’70, ’71; Geoff Smith ’84, ’85; Jack Fultz ’76 and other Boston Champions share their stories of training and triumph in the Boston Marathon.
11:00 – 11:45 AM Reflections from Past Champions – Class of 1968 Amby Burfoot and Bobbi Gibb
12:00 – 12:45 PM Pushing Boundaries: Insight from an Elite Runner on What it Takes to Succeed Elite American marathoner Jordan Hasay gives runners an exclusive look into her past and present with a showing of her bio documentary, Boundaries, followed by a live Q&A focused on the Boston Marathon experience.
1:00 – 1:45 PM Boston Marathon Race Management Team: Course Preview and Q&A Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray and B.A.A. Director of Operations Doug Flannery give a course preview and highlight helpful hints as runners make their final race preparations.
2:00 – 4:45 PM History of the Women’s Marathon Women’s Running Editors & Guests
3:00 – 3:45 PM Rising Above Hardships: aka R.A.H. Inspirational words from 2017 Boston Marathon icon Marine Veteran Staff Sergeant Jose Luis Sanchez
4:00 – 4:45 PM Balance, Mindfulness, and How to Inspire Your Running Roisin McGettigan-Dumas, coauthor of the best-selling Believe Training Journal book series, discusses effective training habits and mental toughness skills.
5:00 – 5:45 PM How Top Women Runners Stay Competitive For a Lifetime Jonathan Beverly, author of Run Strong, Stay Hungry, focuses on the training habits of some of America’s most accomplished marathoners like Deena Kastor, Joan Benoit Samuelson, and Colleen De Reuck.
Sunday, April 15, 2018 Seaport World Trade Center | Waterfront Ballroom
10:00 – 10:45 AM How to Run Your Best Boston Marathon B.A.A. Running Club Coach (and 17-time Boston Marathoner) Mike McGrane and race veterans from the B.A.A. Running Club share insight and guidance from years of experience on the Boston Marathon course.
11:00 – 11:45 AM Five Great New Running Books: Meet the Authors Moderated by Kathrine Switzer; Panelists include Roger Robinson, Tom Murphy, Deena Kastor, Jonathan Beverly, and Scott Douglas.
12:00 – 12:45 PM Reflections & Advice from Past Champions Greg Meyer ’83; Jack Fultz ’76; Amby Burfoot ’68; and Bobbi Gibb ’66, ’67, ’68
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.
2:00 – 2:45 PM Over 50 Years of Running With Kathrine Switzer Kathrine Switzer, women’s running pioneer, shares her story of the 1967 Boston Marathon and how it continues to inspire thousands of women around the world.
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, AbbottWMM General Manager; Tom Grilk, Boston Athletic Association CEO; Carey Pinkowski, Bank of America Chicago Marathon Executive Race Director; Peter Ciaccia, NYRR President of Events & TCS NYC Marathon Race Director; and Mark Milde, BMW Berlin Marathon Race Director
4:30 – 5:15 PM Boston Marathon Race Management Team: Course Preview and Q&A B.A.A. Director of Operations Doug Flannery gives an overview of the course, what participants can expect on race day, and opens the floor to questions from runners in the audience.