2014 will mark the 29th 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 36,000 marathon competitors will be the 2014 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 600 elite athletes from 46 countries to compete on Patriot's Day.
Elite Athlete Program »
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 100 organizations participating in this year's program.
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