John Hancock and the Boston Marathon
mark 29 years of partnership

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.

2014 Boston Marathon Highlights

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.

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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 100 organizations participating in this year's program.

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2014 Boston Marathon Highlights

2012 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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2014 highlights
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 2013 Marathon Program was our most successful year to date with non-profit partners raising over $7.8 million.

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Boston Marathon News

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Share Your Love for Boston

Share what Boston Marathon means to you by submitting your picture and your story to the #WeRunTogether mosaic.

#WeRunTogether Mosaic »

  Marathon Bracelets  

Marathon Bracelets

Wear them and show your support for the Boston Marathon, and all who were affected by the events on April 15, 2013.

Limited Edition Boston
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