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Proud Sponsor for 35 years running

It's the oldest, toughest and most iconic race in the world, drawing a million spectators and spurring millions in charitable donations annually. The Boston Marathon is the pride of our city and company, and we're honored to be its principle sponsor for a 35th year. 

75 athletes. 17 countries. 1 goal. 

This year's elite field includes world-record holders. Olympians, Paralympians and 16 returning Boston Marathon champions. See how it all ends on April 20th, when the quiet town of Hopkinton once again transforms into the running capital of the world.

The best of the best are returning to Boston. The John Hancock Elite Athlete Team welcomes back 16 Champions for the 2020 Boston Marathon.


Open Champions:

Lawrence Cherono
Lelisa Desisa
Worknesh Degefa
Desiree Linden
Yuki Kawauchi
Edna Kiplagat
Geoffrey Kirui
Caroline Rotich

Wheelchair Champions:

Manuela Schär

Daniel Romanchuk

Tatyna McFadden

Marcel Hug

Ernst van Dyk

Joshua Cassidy

Masazumi Soejima

Hiroyuki Yamamoto

You will love this city, but the course can break your heart. It’s unlike any other stretch of 26.2 miles in the world. Downhill. Uphill. Down again. It’s a rollercoaster of emotion that will challenge you every step of the way.


Experience the route (and the notorious Heartbreak Hill) firsthand by watching our 2020 course preview.

By the numbers

  • 35 years and counting

    The Boston Marathon is the pride of our city and our company. We’re honored to be the principal sponsor for the 35th year.

  • $39M Raised for Charities in 2019

    John Hancock donated over a thousand Boston Marathon entries through our Marathon Non-Profit program.

  • 48 countries

    John Hancock has proudly sponsored more than 800 elite runners from 48 countries.

  • 26.2 miles

    From Hopkinton to Heartbreak Hill, and all the way to the iconic Boylston St finish line, the Boston Marathon has the best fans – about a million of them – in the world.

Non-profit program information



Raised for 2020 Boston Marathon charities so far

As part of our sponsorship, John Hancock donates over a thousand Boston Marathon entries through our Marathon Non-Profit Program. Runners pledge to raise money for select organizations in exchange for these coveted bibs.


Applications for the 2020 race have closed. If you would like to receive email notifications about the application process and deadlines for the 2021 program, please submit an interest form.

The 2019 Boston Marathon champions

Laurence Cherono

Men's Open

Worknesh Degefa
Women's Open

Daniel Romanchuk

Men's Wheelchair

Manuela Schär
Women's Wheelchair

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