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 principal sponsor for a 35th year.
124th Boston Marathon to be Held Virtually
The health and wellness of Boston Marathon runners, the community and our employees are always our top priority. In light of ongoing COVID-19 recovery efforts and to safeguard the health of the public, the 124th Boston Marathon will be held virtually, following Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s cancellation of the marathon as a mass participation road running event.
The Marathon is an important event for our community and a cornerstone of John Hancock’s work to foster a healthier, more equitable Boston. It is the pride of our City and our company, and we look forward to seeing the spirit of this great event come to life virtually.
Please refer to the B.A.A.’s website for specific details and the latest updates.
You are Essential. We are grateful.
To symbolically mark the 124th Boston Marathon, John Hancock, joined by the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, are collectively showing gratitude for the essential workforce who are risking their lives every day to fight COVID-19.
Our Gratitude Campaign includes donating $1 million to the Boston Resiliency Fund, lighting City buildings blue, displaying signs of gratitude in homes, showing support online and providing 8,500 nutritious meals, in partnership with Off Their Plate, to the essential workforce of Boston hospitals.
Show your support. Downloadable templates to print, color and hang in your window:
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 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.
John Hancock has proudly sponsored more than 800 elite runners from 48 countries.
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.
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the field size of the 2021 Boston Marathon we are not accepting applications at this time. Please check here or the Boston Athletic Association’s website for updates as they become available.
The 2019 Boston Marathon champions
Worknesh Degefa Women's Open
Connect with us
Follow us on Twitter for the latest news, day-of stories, and photos.