2016 will mark the 31st year of John Hancock's landmark sponsorship of the legendary Boston Marathon. John Hancock’s continued support of the Boston Athletic Association, which has directed the race since 1897, ensures the stability of the world's oldest annual marathon.
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In 2015, adidas continues its commitment to the Boston Athletic Association by playing a key role not only in the Boston Marathon, but in all Boston Athletic Association year-round programs and races.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund is the proud presenting sponsor of the annual B.A.A. Half Marathon.
1966 - Bobbi Gibb
Although not an official entrant, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Joining the starting field shortly after the gun had been fired, Gibb finished the race in 3:21:40 to place 126th overall. Gibb again claimed the “unofficial” title in 1967 and 1968.