B.A.A. supports community fundraising at the 2015 Boston Marathon


Participants running on behalf of non-profit organizations raised $38.4 million for charity this in the 2014 Boston Marathon. The 2014 figure was a record amount and nearly doubled the $20 million raised in 2013. For more information on this, click the button below:

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With an expanded field size of 36,000 registered runners in 2014, more than 300 organizations received donations in support of their missions. The majority of the fundraising runners gained entry through the Boston Athletic Association’s Official Charity Program and John Hancock’s Marathon Non-Profit Program, which provided non-profits with guaranteed entry numbers (“bibs”) that enable funds to be raised for their organizations.

In addition, many qualified runners, along with deferred runners who did not finish the 2013 Marathon, contributed by raising money for charity. The B.A.A. also made special allocations to the One Fund Boston, the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, local hospitals, and many other organizations and individuals who were touched by the bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

The funds and positive impact support the B.A.A.'s mission, and the B.A.A. and principal sponsor John Hancock Financial have been proud to support selected, local 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. inaugurated its fundraising support at the 1989 Boston Marathon, and its support and the total funds raised have increased over the years.

Community partners which will fundraise at the 2015 race now appear on this web page. This list is tentative and subject to change. However, the B.A.A. will not open an application process for additional non-profit organizations which seek to obtain entries for fundraising purposes.

We know there are many worthy organizations which have expressed an interest in raising funds at the 2015 Boston Marathon. Our program for the 2015 Boston Marathon will recognize and reflect the community in and around the Boston Marathon, as well as advancing our year-round philanthropic efforts.

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1920 - Ashland Start

The Boston Marathon began in Ashland, Massachusetts from 1897 through 1923 then moved to Hopkinton for the 1924 race. The course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton. Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.