BOSTON- Participants running on behalf of non-profit organizations raised $38.4 million for charity this year in the 118th running of the Boston Marathon. The 2014 figure is a record amount and nearly doubles the $20 million raised in 2013.
In this year’s race on April 21st, with an expanded field size of 36,000 registered runners, more than 300 organizations received donations in support of their missions. The majority of the fundraising runners gained entry through the Boston Athletic Association’s Official Charity Program and John Hancock’s Marathon Non-Profit Program, which provide non-profits with guaranteed entry numbers (“bibs”) that enable funds to be raised for their organizations.
In addition, many qualified runners, along with deferred runners who did not finish the 2013 Marathon, contributed by raising money for charity. The B.A.A. also made special allocations to the One Fund Boston, the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, local hospitals, and many other organizations and individuals who were touched by the bombing at last year’s race.
Included among the charitable organizations benefiting from the B.A.A.’s Official Charity Program in 2014 is the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which marked its 25th year of fundraising with the B.A.A. for the Boston Marathon.
“This year’s Boston Marathon was like no other that we have witnessed,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. “We worked in cooperation with the community, especially the eight cities and towns which comprise the Boston Marathon route and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to accommodate as many participants as possible, and we were delighted that so many chose to channel their dedication and commitment towards fundraising for worthwhile causes. The 2014 Boston Marathon will go down in history as a special day for the sport, for the City of Boston and for unprecedented fundraising, all benefitting local charities.”
(From B.A.A. Press Release)