John Hancock

Contact Info:
T.K. Skenderian (Marketing & Sponsorship Manager)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
phone:617-778-1632
e-mail:tk@baa.org

Title Sponsor

John Hancock

JOHN HANCOCK AND THE BOSTON MARATHON CELEBRATE 30TH YEAR OF PARTNERSHIP

2015 will mark the 30th 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.

For more information about John Hancock and the Boston Marathon visit:
www.johnhancock.com/bostonmarathon
Twitter @jhboston26

REACHING OUT TO THE COMMUNITY

Whenever John Hancock sponsors a major event like the Marathon, it is important for the community to benefit as well. John Hancock sponsors many community initiatives in coordination with the Marathon each year including the John Hancock Boston Marathon Non-Profit Program, Scholars & Stars: Hopkinton and Scholars & Stars: Boston.

The Non-Profit Program offers local organizations the opportunity to secure invitational entries into the race. These entries provide a significant fundraising opportunity and important exposure for these non-profits. In 2014 over a thousand John Hancock sponsored non-profit runners, including 150 John Hancock and Manulife employees, raised over $10 million for 125 local charities and Pathways to Education Canada and Habitat for Humanity-Canada.

The Scholars & Stars: Hopkinton program, now in its 23rd year, brings John Hancock’s elite Kenyan runners together with Hopkinton elementary students for a pre-race pep-rally in the historic town where the Marathon begins. Students study the culture of their running friends throughout the year and are introduced to the athletes during race week.

The Scholars & Stars in Boston is a track event that brings former Boston Marathon champions together with Boston high school scholar-athletes for small-group running clinics. In 2014, Boston Marathon champions Bill Rodgers, Greg Meyer, Sharon Cherop, and Caroline Kilel shared training tips with more than 300 students at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center during race week. U.S. elite athlete Serena Burla, John Hancock employee-volunteers, representatives from the Boston Scholar Athlete Program and Mayor Marty Walsh also participated.

HELPING TO KEEP THE RACE RUNNING

As principal sponsor, John Hancock has provided substantial financial resources, including the first-ever prize money in 1986, and has continued that tradition with a prize purse this year of $830,500, plus $220,000 for performance bonuses. During the past 29 years, the Company has awarded over $17.3 million in prize and bonus awards.

Each year, John Hancock recruits and sponsors the top distance runners in the world to participate in the Marathon as members of the John Hancock Elite Athlete Team. The Company hosts the athletes for race week at the John Hancock Elite Athlete Village where employee-volunteers ensure the athletes are taken care of during race week.

The Company also sponsors the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo, which is the official location for picking up entry bibs and other important race information. The Expo serves as a hub for Marathon participants and their guests throughout race weekend, drawing 200 exhibitors and 80,000 visitors.

To support the local, national, and international media representatives who cover the race, John Hancock’s Public Relations department produces the official Boston Marathon print and online media guides; coordinates press events, materials and credentials; hosts a Twitter site @jhboston26 and supports the operation of the Boston Marathon press room.

On race day, John Hancock provides the use of several facilities in Copley Square, the services of hundreds of employee-sponsored volunteers to assist with race-related tasks, and a giant television screen near the Finish Line for the public to view the race.

In addition, the Company also contributes a wide range of financial support and services to the eight towns and cities along the Marathon route in appreciation for past and continued support of the race. The eight communities are Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline, and Boston.

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B.A.A. Moment 2

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.