B.A.A. supports community fundraising at the Boston Marathon


The Boston Athletic Association is proud to support the following organizations through its Official Charity Program for the Boston Marathon:



Participants running on behalf of the Boston Athletic Association’s official charities raised $15.63 million this year in the 119th running of the Boston Marathon. The funds raised by these organizations uphold the B.A.A.’s mission of managing athletic events and promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running, and benefit the communities in and around the Boston Marathon. For more information on this, click the button below:

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At the Boston Athletic Association, we invest in the communities where we live and work. Through our Official Charity Program, we provide invitational entries to the Boston Marathon to select non-profit organizations. Organizations use these entries to recruit individual runners who pledge to raise funds for their cause.

For selection into our Official Charity Program, the Boston Athletic Association greatly values organizations that strengthen our local community and align with our mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running.

Organizations must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • Organization is a registered 501(c)(3)
  • Organization is aligned with the Boston Athletic Association’s mission and strategic focus areas – Health and Fitness
  • Programs benefit our local community
  • Organization is not a religious-based or political organization

Organizations that meet our program criteria and are interested in applying for our Official Charity Program may submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) to Nicole Devlin, Manager of Charity & Community Partnerships, at There are no deadlines for submission and all LOIs will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. A LOI should be no more than one page in length and should not be submitted by an organization more than once per calendar year.

If an organization is invited to submit a full application after review of their LOI, that organization will be notified within two weeks of LOI submission. All applications will be submitted to our Charity Committee for review at its annual meeting taking place in August. To be considered for the subsequent year’s program, an application must be received by July 31st so it can receive proper review. Organizations accepted into our program will be notified shortly after this committee meeting.

An annual review process for all members of our Official Charity Program will determine their future status with the program.

To find out some answers to your questions, please click the button below to go to Official Charity Program FAQs:

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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.