Women’s Running To Present The Boston Marathon Seminar Series

Women's Running will present this year's Boston Marathon Seminar Series, taking place at the expo on April 14-15, 2018.

Runner’s Seminar Series Presented By Women’s Running

Women’s Running is excited to announce that it will be the presenting sponsor of a two-day seminar series at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo at the Boston Marathon. Taking place on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15, the seminar series will feature several speakers from the professional running world, including Deena Kastor, Neely Spence Gracey, Amby Burfoot, Dave McGillivray, Bobbi Gibb, Kathrine Switzer, Jonathan Beverly, Roisin McGettigan-Dumas, and Dick and Rick Hoyt. “Women are the present and future of endurance sports,” said Rebecca Warren, editor-in-chief of Women’s Running. “We’re excited to bring thought-provoking speakers to the Boston seminar series and are thrilled to offer women a friendly face in the crowds during race weekend.”

Check out the full seminar series schedule here for details on each event and visit the official expo website for more information about the entire schedule of events taking place before the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon.

All seminar series events are free and open to the public. Schedule subject to change. Capacity is limited and will be based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Runner’s Seminar Series Presented By Women’s Running

Seminar Series location: Waterfront Ballroom at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, Mass.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

10–10:45 a.m.: Reflections and Advice from Past Champions

Speakers: Jacqueline Hansen, 1973; Sara Mae Berman, 1969, ’70 and ’71; Geoff Smith, 1984 and ’85; Jack Fultz, 1976 and other Boston champions share their stories of training and triumph in the Boston Marathon.

11–11:45 a.m.: Reflections from Past Champions – Class of 1968

Speakers: Amby Burfoot and Bobbi Gibb.

12–12:45 p.m.: 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.

1–1:45 p.m.: 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.

2–2:45 p.m.: History of the Women’s Marathon

Speakers: Women’s Running editors and guests.

3–3:45 p.m.: Rising Above Hardships: aka R.A.H.

Inspirational words from 2017 Boston Marathon icon Marine Veteran Staff Sergeant Jose Luis Sanchez.

4–4:45 p.m.: Balance, Mindfulness and How to Inspire Your Running

Speaker: Roisin McGettigan-Dumas.

5–5:45 p.m.: How Top Women Runners Stay Competitive For a Lifetime

Speaker: Jonathan Beverly.

Runner’s Seminar Series Presented By Women’s Running

Seminar Series location: Waterfront Ballroom at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, Mass.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

10–10:45 a.m.: 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.

11–11:45 a.m.: 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.

12–12:45 p.m.: Reflections and Advice from Past Champions

Speakers: Greg Meyer, 1983; Jack Fultz, 1976; Amby Burfoot, 1968; and Bobbi Gibb, 1966, ’67 and ’68.

1–1:45 p.m.: Yes You Can! Inspiration with Team Hoyt

Dick & Rick Hoyt share their inspiring tales of running Boston and competing around the world.

2–2:45 p.m.: 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.

3–3:45 p.m.: Abbott World Marathon Majors: What it Means For the Sport and for Runners

Speakers: Chris Miller, Abbott DVP Global Brand Strategy & Innovation; Tim Hadzima, Abbott WMM 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 p.m.: 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.


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