With the 115th Boston Marathon just four days away, new marathon executive director Tom Grilk outlined an ambitious new guiding philosophy for the 123 year-old Boston Athletic Association today, an organization he has served as president for the last seven years and race day announcer for the last two and a half decades.
“Nothing is off the table,” Grilk told me following a press conference at the Copley Plaza Hotel. “After Monday (marathon day) my job really begins.”
Grilk, who took the day-to-day reigns of the marathon from long time executive director and now Senior Director for External Affairs Guy Morse on January 1, 2011 met the media along with Morse, race director Dave McGillivray, and new BAA president Joann Flaminio, the first woman to serve as president in the BAA’s 123 year history.
The four principals shared the dais at a mid-afternoon presser to outline their respective avenues of responsibility, and the changes being instituted for Monday’s race, most notably the three-wave start for the 27,000 starters. What came across most distinctly, however, was the synergy of the four, and their desire for the BAA to take a more forward role in the shaping of running both inMassachusetts, and in the industry at large. (more…)