2013 Boston Marathon Official Charity Program

Contact Info:
Marc Davis (Communications Manager)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
11 SEP 2012
B.A.A. Announces Charities Chosen as part of its Official Charity Program for the 2013 Boston Marathon

BOSTON – With registration now underway for next year's Boston Marathon, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced the charities which will comprise its Official Charity Program for the 117th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013.

The following charities will receive a limited number of invitational entries into the Boston Marathon and have been designated by the B.A.A. to raise funds through the recruitment and assembly of running teams over the next seven months.

Information and contact details for each of these charities is on the B.A.A.'s web page: http://www.baa.org/Utilities/Charities.aspx.

Alzheimers Association
American Liver Foundation
American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts
American Stroke Association-Tedy's Team
Best Buddies Massachusetts
Boston Arts Academy
Boston Bruins Foundation
Boston Children's Hospital
Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester
Cam Neely Foundation
*Camp Shriver
Cops for Kids with Cancer
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Doug Flutie Foundation
*Dream Big
Franklin Park Coalition
*Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
*Hale Reservation
John M Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton
Jumpstart Boston
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Mass Mentoring Partnership
Melanoma Foundation of New England
Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
Museum of Science
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
*New England Aquarium
New England Patriots Foundation
Red Sox Foundation
Summer Search
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

* Charities new for the 2013 Boston Marathon are designated by an asterisk.

1552 participants in the 2013 Boston Marathon will become members of teams formed by these charitable organizations.  All charities which are included in the B.A.A.'s Official Charity Program for the Boston Marathon are reviewed annually by a committee formed by the B.A.A.  Also, the committee selects several new participating organizations each year through an application and interview process which occurs during the summer.

In 2012, 1492 participants in the Boston Marathon, representing B.A.A. charities, raised more than $11.4 million.  The B.A.A.'s principal sponsor for the Boston Marathon for 28 consecutive years, John Hancock Financial, also has a non-profit bib program whereby entries into the race are designated for charitable non-profit organizations.  In total last year, the two programs raised more than $18.2 million.

The year 2013 will mark the 25th year for the B.A.A.'s Official Charity Program for the Boston Marathon.  The American Liver Foundation was the first, formal organization to raise funds at the Boston Marathon in 1989.  Dana-Farber Cancer Institute was added by the B.A.A. in 1990. Over the past 27 years, the official B.A.A. Charity program and John Hancock’s own Non-Profit Program have combined to raise more than $150 million for community based organizations.

The B.A.A. assists organizations chosen as part of its Official Charity Program for the Boston Marathon by providing a limited number of entries, offering seminars for charity leaders, inviting runners for charity to attend its complimentary clinic series, sharing information on effective fundraising techniques, and supporting the organizations with promotion, and public and media relations.

About the B.A.A.
Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of managing athletic events and promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.'s Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial. The Boston Marathon is part of the World Marathon Majors along with the Virgin London Marathon, BMW Berlin Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and the ING New York City Marathon.  Registration for the 117th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013 begins on September 10, 2012.

B.A.A. Media Contacts:
Marc Davis (617-778-1633; mobile: 703-439-0751; mdavis@baa.org)
Jack Fleming (617-236-1652 ext. 2627; Fleming@baa.org)

B.A.A. Moment 2

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.