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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 8

1996 - Centennial Boston Marathon

The historic centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 was monumental for many reasons. It was the not only the first time that the ChampionChip timing and scoring device was used in a major US Marathon, but it was the largest running event ever held at the time. 

The starting field of 38,708 stood for more than seven years as the largest in the history of the sport. Included among the finishers were 16 Boston champions.