Boston Running Collaborative | Boston Athletic Association

The Boston Running Collaborative is led by a steering committee of Greater Boston’s running and nonprofit communities
  • Adrienne Benton, BAA Board of Governors Member, Black Girls Run! and the National Association of Black Marathon Runners
  • Sherman Hart, Head of Athletics, Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center
  • Thaddeus Miles, director of community services at MassHousing and founder of Hood Fit
  • Kamilah Rowe, former head athletics coach at John D. O’Bryant High School
  • Ruben Sança, 2012 Olympian and Assistant Athletic Director for Administration at UMass Lowell
  • Tom Grillk, President and CEO, Boston Athletic Association
  • Suzanne Walmsley, Director of Youth and Community Engagement, Boston Athletic Association
Who are the members ?

In 2021, the Boston Collaborative developed three cohorts, which members were invited to join in order to concretely address barriers to walking, running and healthy living. Cohorts focus on youth of color, adult runners of color, and walkers or inactive adults of color. To date, the Boston Running Collaborative has engaged with:

  • Charles Anderson, MD, President and CEO, Dimock Community Health Center
  • Femita Ayanbeku, American para-athlete and American record holder in the 100m, T64 division
  • Sidney Baptista, Founder, PIONEERS Run Crew
  • Katonya Burke, Ambassador, Black Girls Run! Boston
  • Tiffany Chenault, PhD, Ambassador, Black Girls Run! Boston
  • Hector Cruz, Director, HLC & Associates
  • Tony DaRocha, Founder, Boston United Track Club, Physical Education Teacher, Boston Public Schools, MTFOA
  • Jeff Davis, Founder of the Black Men Run Boston Chapter
  • Linda Driscoll, Founder and President, Dream Big!
  • Avery Esdaile, Athletic Director, Boston Public Schools
  • Kathleen Field, Director of Health Promotion and Service Programs, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
  • Trevor Garrick, Boston City Athletics League Commissioner, Road to Wellness 5K Coach
  • Gael Henville, 5K Head Coach on the Road to Wellness
  • Hatim Jean Louis, Boston City head coach, cross country; Racetrack
  • Jeff Joseph, vice-captain, Black Men Run Boston Chapter
  • Yvel Joseph, 5K trainer on the way to well-being
  • Aliese Lash, Captain, PIONEERS Run Crew
  • Leonard Lee, General Manager and Curator Melnea A. Cass Recreational Complex and Roxbury Heritage State Park/Dillaway Thomas House
  • Jess Leffler, Director, Single Train, Trinity Boston Connects
  • Tung Mai, Academic Director, Boston United Track Club
  • Myechia Minter-Jordan, MD, President and CEO, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health
  • James Morton, President and CEO, YMCA Greater Boston
  • Allyce Najimy, CEO and Executive Director of the Foundation will be named later
  • Tomorrow Peeples, Founder, Boston Lions Track Club
  • Abeo Powder, Co-Founder, TrailBlazHers
  • Frances Ramierez, co-founder, TrailBlazHers
  • Saleena Rashed, Founder, MetroCobras Track Club
  • Liz Rock, co-founder, TrailBlazHers
  • Raquel Rosenblatt, Vice President for Development, Dimock Community Health Center
  • Kamilah Rowe, Former Head Coach, O’Bryant Track & Field
  • Bekah Salwasser, Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Boston Red Sox
  • Brad Schoonmaker, Red Sox Foundation
  • Bryan VanDorpe, Executive Director of Youth Enrichment Services
  • Joe Walsh, President, Adaptive Sports New England
  • Kate Yenrick, Community Engagement Manager, Girls On The Run Boston
Grant recipients

In honor of the 125th Boston Marathon, the Boston Running Collaborative awarded $125,000 in grants to organizations that have engaged with the BAA to work to expand sporting opportunities for all. Recipients of these grants include:

Learn more about the Boston Running Collaborative

If you would like to find out more or would like to join the BRC in the future, please contact Suzanne Walmsley, Director of Youth and Community Engagement at [email protected].


BAA Announces Boston Running Collaboration to Expand Access to the Sport of Running in Greater Boston

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