Contact Info:
T.K. Skenderian (Marketing & Sponsorship Manager)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116

Official Sponsor


Vanke Co. Ltd., China’s largest residential home developer, provides 400,000 ordinary households in China with housing. Leading the country in green home construction and prefabrication techniques, Vanke now builds half of China’s certified green homes that effectively reduce carbon emission and deforestation at the global level. Vanke became an official sponsor of the Boston Marathon this year, sharing its enthusiasm, energy, and vision for a better life with all runners.

Vanke has proudly run a national program providing medical treatments to children affected by congenital heart diseases. This program gave strength and vitality to more than 2000 young hearts and engaged thousands of volunteers in household visits to ensure that the poorest of the poor living in the remote areas receive efficient life-saving treatments. Vanke’s runners will bring to this year’s Marathon an urgent call for global attention to congenital deformities affecting millions of young children in the developing world. Vanke advocates low-cost and life-saving prenatal screening as an effective means to keep young lives healthier around the world.

B.A.A. Moment 1

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.