Virtual Boston Marathon Raises $32M for 242 Nonprofits
October 24, 2020 — The Boston Athletic Association on Wednesday announced that this year’s first-ever virtual Boston Marathon, held last month after the coronavirus pandemic initially forced a postponement and then a transformation into a remote event, raised $32.1 million for 242 nonprofit organizations.
This year’s fundraising total fell below the record amount raised last year—$38.7 million—but nonetheless was an impressive achievement for a virtual fundraiser.
The Boston Athletic Association (BAA), , a Boston nonprofit that has organized the world's oldest annual marathon since 1857, said total funds raised include donations raised through its Official Charity Program, the John Hancock Non-Profit Program, and from other qualified and invitational runners.
“In a year when runners and supporters have faced countless challenges, all have remained determined to finish strong and make a difference within the community,” said BAA CEO Tom Grilk. “We are immensely proud of each and every participant whose fundraising contributions will serve a meaningful purpose supporting 242 nonprofit and charity organizations.:
With this year’s funds raised, the B.A.A. Official Charity Program and John Hancock’s Non-Profit Program have combined to surpass the $400 million milestone raised since the charity program’s inception at the 1989 Boston Marathon.
Grilk said that achieving the $400 million milestone “adds even more meaning to this year’s event, where Boston Marathoners brought the spirit of Boston to the world.”
Marianne Harrison, president and CEO of John Hancock, added, “Although this year’s race was different, runners came together to cross their own finish lines and collectively lift up each other and the nonprofits they represent. The $400 million milestone is an example of what’s possible when we come together to foster healthier, more equitable communities, and we thank everyone who made this milestone a reality.”
Every year, the BAA provides each nonprofit associated with the Official Charity Program and John Hancock’s Non-Profit Program with invitational entries into the Boston Marathon. Each nonprofit directly manages its own application process, athlete selection, and fundraising minimums, deadlines, and requirements.
This year’s 124th Boston Marathon Virtual Experience featured more than 16,000 finishers from 83 countries and all 50 states. Participants had 10 days to cover 26.2-miles in one continuous run within their neighborhood to earn their BAA unicorn medal and be recognized as a Boston Marathon finisher. The 2020 Boston Marathon, originally scheduled for April 20 was ultimately cancelled in May due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Following were members of the 2020 Boston Marathon Official Charity Program.
261 Fearless, Inc.
American Liver Foundation, N.E. Division
American Red Cross of Massachusetts
B.A.A. Charity Team
Back on My Feet
Boston Bruins Foundation
Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation
Boston Children's Hospital
Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Camp Shriver at UMass Boston
CYCLE Kids, Inc.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc.
Girls on the Run Greater Boston
Good Sports, Inc.
John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton
Martin Richard Foundation - Team MR8
Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Michael Lisnow Respite Center
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
National MS Society, Greater New England Chapter
New England Patriots Foundation
Red Sox Foundation
Semper Fi Fund
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Thompson Island Outward Bound
Trinity Boston Connects
Tufts Medical Center
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