2013 marks the 28th 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 27,000 marathon competitors is the
2013 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 45 countries to compete on Patriot's Day.
2013 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.
Non-Profit Program »
2013 Boston Marathon Media Guide
Visit the media guide website for race resources and runner details »