Money Raised from Runners in Boston Marathon Up from Last Year

August 29, 2011

John Hancock Financial Services, sale a Boston division of Manulife Financial Corp and principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has declared runners participating on behalf of various charities raised nearly $16 million this year in the 115th Boston Marathon, up from $14.4 million the previous year.

John Hancock’s Marathon Non-Profit Program works closely with the Boston Athletic Association’s Official Charity Program to help raise money for nonprofits and community service groups. The BAA manages the Boston Marathon.

As principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock is allocated a number of marathon bibs each year. Most of those bibs are distributed to nonprofit organizations as part of the John Hancock Marathon Non-Profit Program.  Those nonprofits included Massachusetts General Hospital, Joslin Diabetes Center, and Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary.

In 2011, the John Hancock program raised more than $5.3 million, compared with $4.3 million in 2010.

Over the past 26 years, the BAA Official Charity Program and John Hancock Marathon Program have combined to raise more than $150 million dollars