2016 marks the 31st 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.
When John Hancock began its principal sponsorship of the Boston Marathon over 31 years ago, they not only provided the first prize purse, but they also recruited and hosted the first John Hancock Elite Athlete Team. Since then, the Company has invited over 700 elite athletes from 47 countries to compete on Patriots’ Day. By continuing to bring together the best athletes from around the world to race in Boston, John Hancock successfully helps support a world-class championship event that provides hundreds of thousands of spectators with a thrilling race to watch.
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The John Hancock Boston Marathon Non-Profit Program offers local organizations the opportunity to secure invitational entries into the race. These entries provide a significant fundraising opportunity and important exposure for these non-profits. In 2016 over a thousand John Hancock sponsored non-profit runners, including 167 John Hancock and Manulife employees, raised $11.26 million for local charities and Pathways to Education Canada.
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