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Boston Marathon Official Charity Program

Thank you for your interest in the Boston Marathon Official Charity Program. The Boston Marathon Official Charity Program began in 1989 and since then has grown to support as many as 30+ charities each year. For more information about the Charity Program, click the button below:

See Charities Page - click here

ATTENTION INTERESTED RUNNERS & FUNDRAISERS

  • All charities offer unique training and fundraising programs, however, all will require a minimum fundraising donation
  • Please contact the official charity you wish to advocate for directly for more information
  • If your charity of choice is not an official B.A.A. Boston Marathon Charity, please note that there will not be any opportunity for them to receive a number for you to fundraise on their behalf

B.A.A. Moment 7

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.