FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Joann E. Flaminio to become B.A.A. President
She Will Serve As First Female in That Capacity, Effective January 1, 2011.
BOSTON, Mass. – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced today
that Joann E. Flaminio has been elected B.A.A. President by the B.A.A.
Board of Governors.
Flaminio, 54, will be the first female president of the organization, which
was established in 1887, and she will be the 23rd president in B.A.A.'s
123-year history. She has been a member of the B.A.A. since 1993 and has
been on the B.A.A.'s Board of Governors since 1996.
Flaminio was nominated to serve as president by Gloria G. Ratti, and the
motion was seconded by the previous four B.A.A. Presidents: Thomas W.
Whelton; Frank B. Porter, Jr.; John V. Coyle; and Thomas S. Grilk. She was
elected unanimously. Ratti is a longtime member of the Board of Governors
and is the organization's historian and archivist.
A native of Worcester, Mass. she is employed as a vice president in the
investment industry and has served on numerous philanthropic and athletic
committees during her years of involvement with the B.A.A. She attended
Tufts University and earned her law degree from Suffolk University.
Effective January 1, 2011, Flaminio will succeed Grilk as president, who
will become B.A.A. Executive Director. Guy L. Morse, III, who has served
as the organization's executive director (since 2000) and Boston Marathon
Race Director (1985-2000), will become senior director of external affairs
as of that same date. David McGillivray remains the Boston Marathon Race
"Serving as B.A.A. President is a distinct honor," said Flaminio, who is a
recreational runner. "I am committed to the B.A.A.'s mission of promoting
fitness through athletics, and look forward to advancing our initiatives
both with the Boston Marathon and in our many other events."
The 115th Boston Marathon, the world's oldest annual marathon and one of
the world's most prestigious road races, will be held on Monday, April 18,
2011. For a full biography on Joann Flaminio, visit -
About the B.A.A.
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. Each year the
Association manages a comprehensive schedule of youth-running events,
distance running training programs, and large-scale races in the city of
Boston. Most noteworthy is the Boston Marathon, the world's most
prestigious and oldest continually run marathon. Since the inaugural race
in 1897, the Boston Marathon has been the pinnacle for distance running
worldwide, a position which was reinforced in 1986 with the help of
principal sponsor John Hancock Financial. In 2006, the Boston Marathon
joined the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the Berlin Marathon, the
Virgin London Marathon, and the ING New York City Marathon to form the
World Marathon Majors.