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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2013 Marathon and Race Week Events
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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John Hancock is also proud to sponsor thousands of non-profit runners every year. In 2013, non-profit runners, including John Hancock and Manulife employee runners, achieved a record-breaking fundraising goal of $7.9 million for charities throughout their communities. To learn more about this year’s non-profit runners, visit the 2014 Boston Marathon Non-Profit Runner Crowdrise page for details and for guidance on making a donation towards a participating team.
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Headed to Boston during Marathon Weekend? Be sure to visit the John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo at the Hynes Convention Center, which is the official location for picking up entry bibs and other important race information. The Expo, on average, draws 200 exhibitors and 80,000 visitors annually.
The Scholars & Stars: Boston and Scholars & Stars: Hopkinton programs help provide enriching experiences for local students of all ages. In Boston, track runners are given the opportunity to participate in an afternoon of coaching sessions and drills lead by elite athletes, while in Hopkinton, elementary school children learn about Kenya and its culture, then share their knowledge with the country's runners