Boston Athletic Association
The Boston Athletic Association has managed and operated the Boston Marathon continuously since 1897. The BAA, through the Boston Marathon, road races and running club promotes health, fitness, and an overall healthy lifestyle by encouraging the public to train for and run in the Boston Marathon and seeking to help in the development of skilled U.S. distance runners who can aspire to compete internationally, benefiting the cause of athletics and fitness. The BAA assists runners to fundraise for many charitable organizations, many of which promote health and fitness, conduct research aimed at treating and eradicating disease, and which provide healthcare treatment to persons afflicted with serious diseases. Over the past decade these fundraising activities have generated in excess of $128 million for such charitable organizations.