We're inside of 100 days to go until #Boston126!
This week's participant newsletter features highlights from our recently announced John Hancock Professional Athlete Team (including Olympic and Paralympic medalists), updates on Boston's COVID-19 protocols, information on our upcoming Boston Marathon Training Clinic presented by Amazon, and offers from our sponsors!

The Boston Athletic Association
Important COVID-19 Health & Safety Updates
As we look ahead to the Boston Marathon and a successful return to racing on Patriots’ Day, we want to ensure all participants can plan accordingly.
Effective Saturday, January 15, 2022, the City of Boston is introducing its multi-phase “B Together” campaign, which requires vaccines for certain indoor spaces for people who are ages 12 or older. Effective Tuesday, March 1, 2022 the City of Boston will require that children ages 5-11 must show proof of one dose of vaccine. We encourage all participants review the City’s policies, as they may impact your race weekend experience as well as those you may travel with.
The B.A.A. continues to meet with our COVID-19 Medical & Event Operations Advisory Group on all elements of vaccination status, including boosters. Prior to bib pick up all participants must be able to show proof of receiving either both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a one-dose vaccine. We strongly encourage that anyone who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster does so in advance of the Boston Marathon. More information will be shared on how to securely upload your proof of vaccination int he coming weeks.
Any participant who wishes to request a medical exemption must email registration@baa.org and request a medical exemption form. Forms must be requested by March 1, 2022, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis by representatives from the B.A.A.’s COVID-19 Medical & Event Operations Advisory Group.
Medical exemptions granted by the B.A.A. only allow for participation in B.A.A. events. All participants must adhere to all local, city, and state COVID-19 guidelines that in place during Boston Marathon weekend.
Fastest & Most Decorated Field in History Set for 126th Boston Marathon
Reigning Olympic marathon medalists Peres Jepchirchir (gold) and Molly Seidel (bronze), as well as Paralympic marathon gold medalist Madison de Rozario and three-time Boston Marathon champion Manuela Schär headline the women's field competing on Patriots’ Day.
Among the John Hancock Professional Athlete Team are 12 women who have run under 2:23, including the fastest women in the world in 2020 (Jepchirchir) and 2021 (Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei, 2:17:43). Returning are fan favorites and Boston Marathon champions Des Linden, Edna Kiplagat, and Tatyana McFadden! 
Twelve men with lifetime bests under 2:06 will line up as part of the fastest men's field ever assembled in race history, led by Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and the second fastest marathoner in history. Returning to Boston six months after claiming victories at the 125th edition in October are Kenya’s Benson Kipruto and Switzerland’s Marcel Hug.

Joining Kipruto and Hug are Boston champions Lawrence Cherono, Yuki Kawauchi, Geoffrey Kirui, Lemi Berhanu, Lelisa Desisa, Daniel Romanchuk, Ernst van Dyk, Josh Cassidy, and Masazumi Soejima.
Training Tip from B.A.A. Coach Mark Carroll
Boston Marathon
“The next 4-6 weeks should see consistency in your training with weekly mileage and long runs gradually increasing to get you ready for your biggest training weeks and longest runs in March. Be sure to get adequate rest as you increase your training volume and plan for easy or off days to aid recovery. Focus on the big picture: every week is a block in your training plan. It is never too early to visualize your best marathon on April 18!” -- Mark Carroll, B.A.A. High Performance Team Coach, two-time Olympian, and 2:10 marathoner.
Maurten Hydrogel
No Guts, No Glory
As a Boston athlete, you receive unique access to Maurten's Boston portal, where you can enter your estimated finish time and access custom Hydrogel fuel packs for your training sessions and race day.
As the official Hydrogel Sports Fuel sponsor of the 126th Boston Marathon, Maurten will be fueling your fast on race day at its 3 x on-course Hydrogel Depots. Preparation is everything, so get used to it — train on Hydrogel to get the most out of your sessions and recovery.

So how do you train on Hydrogel?

The Maurten Fuel Guide explains how to use Hydrogel to train and race optimally. It’s has been developed by Maurten Head of Nutrition, Tobias Christensson, and some of the most successful athletes in the world.
We Want to Hear From YOU!
Have a special marathon story? Share your training photos, video, and favorite marathon stories for a chance to be featured in upcoming B.A.A. videos, newsletters, and on our social media channels!

Email stories@baa.org or submit your training photos and video here. Don't forget to tag us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook using @BostonMarathon and #Boston126.
Save the Date: Boston Marathon Training Clinic presented by Amazon on January 25
Water Station
Join B.A.A. High Performance Team Member Erika Kemp and a panel of nutrition and hydration experts for our next Boston Marathon Training Clinic presented by Amazon on January 25 from 6-7:00 p.m. ET. Topics include formulating a hydration and nutrition, and highlighting what's on course.
B.A.A. 5K Returns on April 16
The B.A.A. 5K returns to Boston Marathon weekend on Saturday, April 16! The B.A.A. 5K is a flat, fast, and family friendly event starting and finishing at Boston Common.

Registration will open next month within Athletes' Village. Stay tuned for more updates on baa.org!
Apply To Be A Boston Marathon Volunteer
Are you or a family member looking to help others on Boston Marathon weekend? Apply to be a Boston Marathon Volunteer today! Applications are being accepted through February 18 within Athletes' Village.

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