The B.A.A.'s Official Charity Program for the Boston Marathon®

Now in its 26th Year, the B.A.A.'s Official Charity Program for the Boston Marathon® has raised more than $140 million

The B.A.A.'s Official Charity Program for the Boston Marathon® raises more than $12 million annually, and serves areas of need within Greater Boston. The funds and positive impact are important to the success of the B.A.A.'s mission, and the Association is proud to support these charities and their fundraising endeavors. With special regard to our field of Boston Marathon qualifiers, the B.A.A. has integrated its charity program into the race - an effort which recognizes the community in and around the Boston Marathon, and the year-round philanthropic endeavors of the Boston Athletic Association.

The B.A.A.'s Official Charity Program for the Boston Marathon® began in 1989 when the American Liver Foundation became the first charity to receive official entries into the Boston Marathon. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute came aboard in 1990, and since then the program has grown to support at least 30 charities each year.


For the 2014 Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. will not accept applications to its Charity Program. Charities that were part of 2013 Boston Marathon Charity Program will be retained as part of the program for 2014. The B.A.A. will make decisions on the application and/or changes to its charity program by August 1, 2014 for the 2015 Boston Marathon. Details will be posted on this web page.


Our official B.A.A. Boston Marathon charities are currently accepting runner applications from fundraisers willing to run the 2014 Boston Marathon. All charities offer unique training and fundraising programs, however, all will require a minimum fundraising donation. To inquire about raising funds for any of our listed charities, please either click the link to the left, or one of the images below. Fundraisers will work directly with the listed charity organizations with regards to fundraising for the 2014 Boston Marathon.

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1972 - Women Official Entrants in Marathon

Although Bobbi Gibb was the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon in 1966, it was not until the 1972 Boston Marathon that women could become official entrants due to a change in AAU rules.