John Hancock and the Boston Marathon
mark 30 years of partnership

2015 marks 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.

Leading the field of over 30,000 marathon competitors this April are 37 members of the 2015 John Hancock Elite Athlete Team. When John Hancock began its principal sponsorship of the Boston Marathon in 1986, they not only provided the first prize purse, but they also recruited and hosted the first John Hancock Elite Athlete Team. By continuing to bring together the best athletes from around the world to race in Boston, John Hancock successfully recreates an Olympic-like atmosphere that provides for thrilling races every year. Since 1986, the Company has invited over 700 elite athletes from 46 countries to compete on Patriot's Day.

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John Hancock's Marathon Non-Profit Program donates guaranteed entry 'bibs' – the race numbers that runners would otherwise have to qualify for – to many area non-profit organizations. There are over 1,000 runners and more than 140 organizations participating in this year's program.

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2015 Boston Marathon Highlights

The unofficial kick-off of each Boston Marathon season begins in early spring at Banner Day. During the event, hundreds of vibrant Boston Marathon street banners are hung throughout the city.

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As part of our Boston Marathon sponsorship, John Hancock donates hundreds of guaranteed entries each year to select non-profits. Organizations use these entries to recruit individual runners who pledge to raise money for their cause. Our 2014 Marathon Program was our most successful year to date with non-profit partners raising over $10 million.

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This year, in celebration of the incredible history that surrounds the Boston Marathon, John Hancock is creating a digital time capsule, encouraging users to be part of the legacy by using #WeRunTogether to submit photos, videos and stories via Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. For each submission John Hancock will donate $1 to the Boys & Girls Club of Boston, up to $26,200. In conjunction, John Hancock will be highlighting 30 of the most inspirational stories on Facebook and Twitter, daily, through Marathon Monday.

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