2019 will mark the 34th 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.
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 2018 over a thousand John Hancock sponsored runners raised $13.1 million for charity.
Applications for the 2019 race have closed.
If you would like to receive email notifications about the application process and deadlines for the 2020 program please submit an interest form.
John Hancock Elite Athlete Team
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 (follow @jhboston26 for Elite Athlete updates) for the Boston Marathon. Since 1986, we have invited over 850 elite athletes from 48 countries to compete on Patriots' Day.
Since inception, the program has produced 33 male and 33 female Boston Marathon champions from 11 different countries. John Hancock has awarded nearly $20 million in prize and bonus money during its sponsorship.
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 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.
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.