FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media contacts: Jack Fleming
617-236-1652, x2627 - office
617-459-1587 - mobile
617-236-1652, x2632 - office
617-459-1586 - mobile
Expo contact: Kathleen Chrisom
2007 John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo
Boston Marathon Bib Number and Packet Pick-up
to Open on Friday, April 13
Three day expo will return to the
Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston's Back Bay
BOSTON, Mass. - New for the 2007 event, the 30th annual John Hancock Sports
& Fitness Expo and Boston Marathon Bib Number and Packet Pick-up will begin
on the Friday prior to the race, beginning at Noon on April 13. The change
from the previous two-day format to three days will enable the B.A.A. and
Conventures, Inc. to better accommodate the anticipated 22,500 official
entrants, their families and guests, and the general public.
Also new in 2007, the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo and Boston
Marathon Bib Number and Packet Pick-Up will return to the Hynes Veterans
Memorial Convention Center on Boylston Street in Boston's Back Bay, just a
few blocks from the Boston Marathon finish line and Copley Square Park.
Boston Marathon Number and Packet Pick-up is for official entrants in the
Boston Marathon, and the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo is open and
free to the general public. Admission is made available courtesy of John
Hancock Financial Services, Conventures, Inc., and the Boston Athletic
The full schedule for the 30th annual John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo
and Boston Marathon Bib and Packet Pick-up will be:
Friday, April 13: Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 14: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 15: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo will feature more than 200
exhibitors and is widely regarded as the running industry's premier
showcase for new products, services and events.
For more information, please visit:
The 111th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 16, 2007 -
Patriots' Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts - and will feature a
start time earlier than previous years. A two-wave start system will
include the fastest 10,000 qualified entrants in Wave 1 at 10:00 a.m. and
the balance of the official starting field will begin in Wave 2 at 10:30
a.m.Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit
organization with a mission of managing athletic events and promoting a
healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.'s Boston
Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and the organization
manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and
year-round running programs. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the
Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial Services. Earlier this
year, the Boston Marathon launched - along with the Flora London Marathon
also in April - the World Marathon Majors series. Other events in the
series include the real,-Berlin Marathon, LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon and
the ING New York City Marathon.