John Hancock and the Boston Marathon
mark 31 years of partnership

2016 will mark 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 30 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 nearly 700 elite athletes from 46 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 2015 over a thousand John Hancock sponsored non-profit runners, including 175 John Hancock and Manulife employees and clients, raised $10.6 million for 180 local charities and Pathways to Education Canada.

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2015 Boston Marathon 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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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 2015 Marathon Program remained strong with non-profit partners raising $10.6 million.

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The Boston Marathon is more than just one day. From the months of training and fundraising, to the weeks of community events leading up to the big day, the stories that emerge are at the heart of the race. Visit the Extra Mile to see more.

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