Fostering The Culture Of Fitness

Spring events: lots of running

Posted by Will Allen

Mar 11, 2015 12:36:00 PM

Hi All!

Sorry for the radio silence these last couple weeks. The last few weeks have been a little crazy! And since BSA is a passion project for me, sometimes life gets in the way. But, we're still here, and we have a bunch of events coming up!

The reason for the radio silence is due to starting a new job. I had actually JUST accepted a new job before heading to 6B Lounge for our February Social. The two weeks after that were spend tying up my role at Gentle Giant Moving Company, and the last week and a half has been spent learning the ropes at BiddingForGood. But fear not, we have a bunch of fun events on the horizon.

NEXT UP: We're excited to be partnering with Marathon Sports for #RunSocial1 a night of running, learning and socializing. This event will be happening on Tuesday, March 31st at 6 pm. Newton Running Shoes will be on site to give a running techniaque clinic, and let people demo their running shoes. After a fun group run led by Marathon Sports staff, we'll have pizza and Harpoon beer in store to socialize.



The week after, we'll have our April Social and Boston Marathon pre-party on Wednesday, April 8th at 6:30 PM. The location is TBD, but we'll be sure to have our #goalboard out to cheer on friends who are running in the marathon!



Finally, as Boston Social Athletes is a community organization, I'd love to get more athletes in our community involved! Have an idea for an event that will benefit Boston's fintness community? Want to help organize an event? Want to get more connected within our fitness community? Let me know! Send me a message on our Connect page with your interests and I'll see what I can do.

Happy training everyone! Spring is almost here...



Topics: Events

March Social recap!

Posted by Will Allen

Mar 20, 2014 12:42:00 PM

Last Wednesday we had our March Social, which in my opinion was one of our best yet! One of our goals with Boston Social Athletes is to create environment for people to network for business opportunities. I was thrilled to have members of different fitness or healthy living-related businesses join us, including individuals from Energy Bits, RunKeeper, Inside Tracker, and CoachUp, all Boston-based start ups. Through our conversations, a bunch of us agreed to help RunKeeper promote their #SundayRunday group run - happening this Sunday, March 23 - in support of their #118forBoston campaign. They've also invited a few other local fitness-related businesses to take part in the event, giving them an opportunity to promote their products and connect to the community. When I started Boston Social Athletes May 2013, I hoped for connections and interactions to happen at the socials, but watching them unfold in front of my eyes and support the Boston community is a truly amazing sight. 

Social Media Maven and community manager from Energy Bits, Jonathan Levitt, shared details of his trip to Sochi during the Winter Olympics, representing the company and supporting their sponsored athletes. Hearing about his experience watching the competitions, hanging out in the USA and Canadian houses, and getting his opinion about the whole production was totally fascinating.


The connections didn't stop there, as I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Caroline Earle, who is the health and fitness writer for BostInno. Through her work she's been able to report on active and fit businesses, share healthy eating ideas, and connect with people throughout the fitness community! Check out her work here.

Later in the night, I was able to connect Ellen Perl, who is working to support the One Run For Boston, and Jim Redding from RunKeeper together. Jim was very excited to see how RunKeeper could support the One Run, which is "An epic non-stop running relay from LA to Boston in aid of the One Fund Boston". Great stuff is happening! Being able to create a space where people from different teams and fitness organizations can come together and find opportunities to work with each other, then see the valuable connections actually being made and implemented is not only exciting to see first hand, it's an achievement of one of our goals with BSA.

Did you make a new connection or learn something new at our social? Let us know in the comments!

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Topics: Events

Giving back to the fitness and healthy living community at our December Social

Posted by Will Allen

Dec 2, 2013 1:53:20 PM

This Wednesday, December 4th, is our December Social, which includes a toy drive to benefit the Greater Boston Toys For Tots, as well as a fundraiser to benefit The Play Ball! Foundation. It's the first significant event that Boston Social Athletes has organized to give back to the fitness and healthy living community. Through both of these organizations, we can promote fitness and healthy living in kids, our future athletes!


When I started Boston Social Athletes, in addition to creating ways to for people in the athletic community to connect with each other, I wanted to create opportunities for the people to give back to that community which has supported us so much. I decided an event around the holiday season was the best time to do it, and choosing organizations that support our future athletes was the best cause.


According to a recent article published on, "Children today take 90 seconds longer to run a mile than kids did 30 years ago, according to data from 28 countries. Children's aerobic fitness has declined by 5 percent since 1975." Couple that with increasing rates of obesity in both children and adults, as well as ever increasing healthcare costs, and it seemed to me that supporting and encouraging future generations to live a healthy life was the best approach.

Obesity over the years


For the Toy Drive, we're asking people to bring a toy that encourages kids to get outside and play. In other words, NO VIDEO GAMES. The toy could be sports equipment, an outdoor game, or anything that will encourage kids to be active rather than sedentary.

We chose to suppore the Play Ball! Foundation because their mission is "to create and expand team sports opportunities for middle school age urban youth who are at a pivotal time of physical and emotional development." Read the rest of their mission here

We hope you can join us in doing our part to support the next generation of healthy kids and athletes!


Topics: Events, Causes

The #goalboard and the CoachUp photo contest at the September Social

Posted by Will Allen

Sep 13, 2013 7:25:55 PM

This past Tuesday we had our September Social at Forum Bar & Restaurant. We were super psyched to support this newly renovated restaurant after it had been severly damaged from the Boston Marathon bombing. They took this tragedy and turned it into an opportunity for improvement. And improve they did! Everyone I spoke to commented on how great the space looked! 



This month we featured the Boston-based company CoachUp at the event. CoachUp is a service that connects athletes with private sports coaches (all sports and all ages).  They believe that private coaching is the secret to reaching the next level in sports and life. Their mission is very similar to BSA's mission, to foster the culture of fitness. Through this partnership, CoachUp offered a $100 gift code towards private coaching through their service to the winner of our photo contest. The contest was to post a picture of yourself to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram acting out someone else's sport. We had a people acting out running, yoga, rowing, even kite-boarding, all with a great amount of fun. But the winner really committed to acting out the sport more than anyone else.

And the winner is...


KATY DRISCOLL! Katy really took the theme to a new level, involving co-host Evan Dana to assist her in acting out, you guessed it, swimming! Notice how well she tucks her head near her arm, focusing on being as hydrodynamic as possible while NOT in the water! Congratulations Katy, you win a $100 gift code to CoachUp! Maybe you can use it to improve your swimming, both in and out of the water!

Finally, we introduced a new aspect to our socials: the #goalboard.

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We thought it would be a fun and interesting idea to invite people to write down what their training goals were and get their picture taken with it, so other could see what motivates them to stay active, train hard, and work towards improvement. We'll be bringing the #goalboard to all future events and adding all photos to a dedicated photo album on Facebook. Our goal is to inspire you to commit to your goals, and challenge yourself and others to reach for more! 


Want to join us next time? The October Social will be on Wednesday, October 2nd at Anthem Kitchen + Bar in Faneuil Hall.Come meet local athletes from all sorts of different sports!



Topics: Events

September Social photo contest with CoachUp

Posted by Will Allen

Sep 10, 2013 1:20:00 PM

We're super excited to have the team from CoachUp joining us at our September Social tonight! CoachUp is is a Boston-based business that connects athletes with private coaches in towns and cities all over the country. They believe that private coaching is the secret to reaching the next level in sports and life. Their mission is very similar to BSA's mission, to foster the culture of fitness.

To help promote CoachUp and tonight's event, we'll be having a photo contest to win a FREE private coaching session through CoachUp, any sport, individual or group. How can you enter? Here are the rules:

To win the gift certificate for a private coaching session through CoachUp, individuals must

  • Meet someone new/from a different sport
  • Take a picture acting out that person's sport with that person in the picture
  • Post it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #BSAsocial.


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 #performanceboatshoes #warehouserunning #nantucketredracing
  • Likes, shares, and retweets will be taken into account in judging.
  • Creativity encouraged.
  • Must be taken during the September Social, at Forum.
  • Photos may be posted after the event, but must be posted by 1:00 PM on Wednesday, September 11th.
  • Judging will take place on Thursday, September 12th.
  • The winning photo will be chosen by Victoria Barnaby (CoachUp), Evan Dana (BSA), Kim Fox (BSA), and Will Allen (BSA). 
  • The winner will be announced (retweeted, shared on the BSA Facebook page) on Friday, September 13th.
  • Will Allen will connect the winner to Victoria from CoachUp, who will give the winner the gift code.
  • The winner will be asked to provide a mailing address so a note with the code AND a CoachUp t-shirt can be sent out.

Any questions? Leave us a comment below!

Good luck!



Topics: Events

Meet Boston Social Athletes' hosts!

Posted by Will Allen

Sep 9, 2013 10:41:43 PM

Boston Social Athletes is a social organization forcused on connecting the different athletic communities, clubs, teams, and individuals. We help form these connections by hosting montly social events at different bars around the city. But who hosts these events? Meet our three hosts focused on helping to make these connections!



Will Allen

When he's not managing the boxes and packing materials at Gentle Giant Moving Company, Will Allen can most often be found around the Charles River. As an active rower, Will spends most mornings training with the Riverside Boat Club, training for races both locally and internationally. He also spent this past summer training for and competing in his first triathlon (Timberman 70.3), doing most of his running around the Charles River. Will is also a member of the #worldsfittestband, Riverside Boat Club's own "The Blades", playing lead guitar. He founded Boston Social Athletes as a way to connect the different athletic communities around Boston, and to create opportunities for people who make fitness and healthy living a way of life. 



Evan Dana

With a love for moving outside, Evan enjoys running, biking, swimming, yoga, and long walks on the beach. (Is he kidding?) Between workouts, you can find him resting up as he slings code together to create the dynamic front-end of a website. He's enjoyed getting around the local clubs: a co-leader of TMIRCE, an active member of November Project, with a little bit of dabbling in Wheelworks Multisport. He is training for Ironman Mont Tremblant next August and is excited and overwhelmed; do you have any tips? If your curiosity is piqued, ask him about cycling the Alpes and the best sunrise climb in MA.



Kim Fox

Kim Fox is the Assistant Director of External Relations at the Chestnut Hill School, where she oversees development, alumni relations, communications and social media. Kim loves the field of development, but her true passion in life is the sport of swimming. A former club, high school and college swimmer Kim decided to take on a new challenge and finally gave the sport of triathlon in 2011. After dabbling in the sport for two years, she decided to make the leap in 2013 and sign up for her first half iron (70.3) distance triathlon. In addition, Kim works with Streamline Events, a triathlon and sports event management company based on Boston’s south shore. Kim works with Streamline’s managing director to oversee and manage their social media presence and help to spread the word about the company and their amazing events.


Come introduce yourself to us at our next event! Let us know how we can help you get connected with the people you're looking for.


Topics: Events

September Social at Forum

Posted by Will Allen

Aug 28, 2013 2:45:00 PM

Next month we'll be hosting our September Social, bringing together athletes from all over Boston, from different sports, different professions, but similar mindsets. We're really excited to be hosting it at Forum on Boylston St. As many of you know, Forum was badly damaged after two bombs went off during the Boston Marathon this past April. After four months of repairs, rennovations, overwhelming outpour of support, it's reopened and is looking better than ever!



When we heard they were reopening in mid-August, the idea of hosting our September Social there was a no brainer! Join us on Tuesday, September 10th hang out with local athletes, and help this great bar and restaurant get back on it's feet!


Topics: Events

Summer weather means ROOF DECKS!

Posted by Will Allen

Aug 25, 2013 6:58:00 PM

Earlier this month, we held our August Social on the roof deck at Market Lounge in Boston. It was by far our largest turnout, bringing in an estimated 70-80 athletes from all over the greater Boston area. It was so interesting to talk to a few triathletes one moment, and the next moment be talking to some CrossFitters. Different sports with common goals: to get fitter, faster, stronger, or simply "better". 


We had a great mix of people who were actively training and competing with others who workout for the enjoyment of it. The common thread I noticed with everyone I spoke with was a focus on trying to make themselves and their community better. We had a couple women from Easter Seals Massachusetts promoting a marathon team to raise money for people with disabilities, a cyclist who is chairing one of the committees for the Head Of The Charles regatta, and a bunch of triathletes offering words of wisdoms to a group of people competing in their first triathlons. 


The athletic community in Boston is such a diverse, smart, motivated, and well-rounded community. By making these connections between the different communities, we not only create opportunities, but we help to improve our athletic community.

Interested in joining us? Come to our September Social at Forum Bar and Restaurant on Tuesday, September 10th!


Topics: Events

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