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.

Once again, we are pleased to offer this unique opportunity for the 2018 race. The application will become available on August 1st. Special consideration will be given to organizations that demonstrate the capacity and infrastructure to support runners with fundraising and marathon training. Additional requirements are as follows:

  1. Applicant organizations must have 501(c)3 status
  2. Application is open to organizations only; no individuals
  3. Applications will be accepted through August 31st, 2017
    NOTE: applications submitted after this date will not be considered
  4. Organizations will be notified of decisions via email by October 1st 
  5. Accepted organizations must agree to:

a. Attend 3 onsite informational meetings 
b. Sign a Partner Agreement (provided upon acceptance)
c. Use CrowdRise as the exclusive online charitable fundraising platform
d. Provide fundraising and training support for runners
e. Commit to raising a minimum of $5,000 for each Invitational Entry provided

Interested in the 2018 Boston Marathon Non-Profit Program?

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.