2017 marks the 32nd 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.

Make It Your Moment

Each Marathon Monday becomes part of a legendary story that weaves through the years like the hills and turns of the course itself. The 26.2 miles are marked by inspiring moments from days gone by, paving the way for all of those yet to come. Just as the Boston Marathon transforms those who conquer it, it too has been shaped by those who have crossed the iconic finish line. As the cycle of history continues, records will be set, new champions will be crowned, and fundraising numbers will rise. A race which is always running toward the future, every year becoming a new personal best.


John Hancock Marathon Non-Profit Program

As part of our principal sponsorship of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock donates hundreds of guaranteed Invitational Entries each year to select non-profits through our Marathon Non-Profit Program. Organizations use these entries to recruit individual runners who pledge to raise money for their cause. In 2017 over a thousand John Hancock sponsored runners raised $12.3 million for charity.

Applications for the 2018 race have closed.

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Our Elite Athletes

The John Hancock Elite Athlete Team is unique in the industry of road racing, in that we as a company directly recruit, sponsor and host the Elite Athlete Team for the Boston Marathon. Since 1986, we have invited over 800 elite athletes from 47 countries to compete on Patriots' Day.

Since inception, the program has produced 32 male and 32 female Boston Marathon champions from 11 different countries. John Hancock has awarded over $19 million in prize and bonus money during its sponsorship to the top Open, Masters and Push Rim finishers.

During race week, John Hancock MVP employee volunteers set up an Elite Athlete Village for the athletes. This unique environment is similar to the Olympic Village experience and provides the elites with an opportunity to share experiences and become acquainted with each other during their stay in Boston.


Our Employee Training Program

John Hancock encourages employees to participate in the Boston Marathon by volunteering or running the historic race. A formal, robust training program created for employee runners helps ensure that they have the best Boston Marathon experience possible. To learn more about our Employee Training Program, visit our Benefits page.


Our Scholars & Stars

The Scholars & Stars in Hopkinton, now in its 25th year, brings John Hancock’s elite Kenyan runners together with Hopkinton elementary students for a pre-race pep-rally in the historic town where the Marathon begins. Students study the culture of their running friends throughout the year and are introduced to the athletes during race week.

The Scholars & Stars in Boston is a fitness event where John Hancock, in partnership with the United States Fund for UNICEF Kid Power program, brings Boston 3rd, 4th and 5th graders together to meet and train with world-class marathoners, including past champions, Olympians, and top Americans at the Reggie Lewis Track Center.

Team Hoyt


In 1977, Dick Hoyt began pushing and pulling his disabled son Rick across the finish lines of 1,100 race events, including 32 Boston Marathons. Rick and Dick completed their last Boston Marathon together in 2014. Since then, teammate Bryan Lyons has pushed Rick in the Boston Marathon.  Throughout the years, the Hoyts have spread their unique message of determination and motivation and have instilled the “Yes, You Can” attitude in others. John Hancock has been a corporate sponsor of Team Hoyt since 2008 and is proud to support Dick and Rick’s inspirational example.

Boston Marathon Stories

ETP runners Make It Their Moment
ETP runners Make It Their Moment

John Hancock employees share the moments that will lead them to Hopkinton on Marathon Monday.

Make It Your Moment
Make It Your Moment

The 26.2 miles of the Boston Marathon are marked by inspiring moments from days gone by, paving the way for all of those yet to come.

Run Safe. Be Smart. #BeBoston
Run Safe. Be Smart. #BeBoston

Prioritize your safety when planning the next long run.

From Scream Tunnel to Start Line
From Scream Tunnel to Start Line

Having cheered runners on from the Wellesley Scream Tunnel throughout her four years in college, Meghan Peterson is looking forward to reaching mile 13 on Marathon Monday and the moment when she sees her sister, Courtney whom she is running for.

Non-Profit Partners

We’re excited to announce our 2018 partners:


826 Boston, Inc

Ace Bailey Children's Foundation

ALS Association of Massachusetts

Alzheimer's Association

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Animal Rescue League of Boston

Autism Speaks

Bay Cove Human Services

Be Like Brit Foundation Inc

Best Buddies

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Bill Belichick Foundation

Boston Children's Museum

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center

Boston Debate League

Boston Globe Foundation

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

Boston Medical Center

Boston Partners in Education

Boston Police Foundation

Bottom Line

Boys and Girls Club - West End House

buildOn Inc.

Camp Harbor View Foundation

Camp Kita Inc

Cardinal Cushing Centers

Casa Myrna Vazquez

Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston

City Year

CMAK Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation

Corey C Griffin Charitable Foundation

Cradles to Crayons

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

David Ortiz Childrens Fund

Doc Wayne Youth Services Inc

Dreamfar High School Marathon

Ellis Memorial and Eldredge House

Ethan Lindberg Foundation Inc

Expect Miracles Foundation

Family Aid Boston

Family Reach Foundation

Fenway Community Health Center, Inc.

Fisher House Of Boston Inc

Flying Kites

Foundation to Be Named Later

Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation

Golf Fights Cancer

Gronk Nation Youth Foundation

Harvard College Marathon Challenge

Homestart, Inc

Horizons for Homeless Children

House of Possibilities

James W Foley Legacy Foundation Inc

Jeffrey Coombs Memorial Foundation

Joe Andruzzi Foundation

Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation

Joslin Diabetes Center

Journey Forward

Jumpstart for Young Children

Last Call Foundation Inc

Lawrence Boys Club & Girls Club Inc

Lazarus House

Learning Prep School

Lovin Spoonfuls Inc

Make a Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Inc.

Many Hopes Inc

Mass Mentoring Partnership

Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund

Massage Therapy Foundation Inc


Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership

Minds Matter Boston

More Than Words Inc

Nashoba Learning Group

National Braille Press

New England Baptist Hospital

New England Center For Children Inc

Grab the Torch

Next Step

One Mission

One Summit Inc

Pedro Martinez Charity


Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project

Project Hope Inc

Rett Syndrome Association Of Massachusetts Inc

Rodman Ride for Kids

Ronald McDonald House Boston Harbor

Samaritans Inc

Silver Lining Mentoring Inc

South Boston Neighborhood House Inc

South Shore Hospital Charitable Foundation

Special Olympics Massachusetts

St. Francis House

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation - Southern New England Affiliate

Targetcancer Foundation Inc

Team Impact

The 15-40 Connection Inc

The Children's Room

The Dimock Center

The Dream Program, Inc.

The Ellie Fund

The Herren Project

The Hole in the Wall Gang

The Hoyt Foundation

The Lenny Zakim Fund

The Light Foundation

The McCourt Foundation

The Play Brigade

The Walker Home and School

Title IX Girls Running Club Inc

Travis Roy Foundation

Tufts University

UMass Memorial Foundation (ALS Cellucci Fund)

United Service Organizations, Inc.

United South End Settlements

United States Fund For Unicef

University of Massachusetts

Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation

Wake Up Narcolepsy

Wediko Children's Services

Year Up Inc


Youth Advocacy Foundation, Inc.

Youth Enrichment Services Inc