John Hancock and the Boston Marathon
mark 29 years of partnership

2014 marks 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 over 32,000 marathon competitors this past April were 42 members of 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 650 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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2014 highlights
April 21, 2014 marked the completion of the Boston Athletic Association’s first annual Boston Marathon World Run. Sponsored by John Hancock and Manulife Financial, the first-of-its–kind event attracted 13,091 participants from 113 countries around the globe who pledged to run nearly 750,000 miles during January to April 21st event. Countries with the most runners included the United States, Philippines, Canada, Italy, Indonesia and Mexico. Joh Hanock Global Ambassadors for the Boston Marathon World Run included Bill Rodgers, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Robert De Castella, Desiree Linden, Shalane Flanagan, Ryan Hall and Uta Pippig. The 2014 John Hancock team of over 100 runners ran 6,456 miles and World Run participants raised over $30,000 for The One Fund Boston. The event allowed anyone from around the world, regardless of ability or geography to join together to virtually participate in the Boston Marathon experience.

The Boston Marathon World Run will resume again in connection with the 2015 Boston Marathon and will be available free for Apple and Android devices at your App Store and also at

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