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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1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.