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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 5

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.