Boston Marathon 2019


Boston is the marathon that needs no introduction, but deserves one nonetheless.

The oldest. The toughest. The most iconic. A proving-ground for world-class elites and weekend warriors alike. A spectacle of determination and grit that draws a million spectators and millions in charitable donations year after year.

It’s the pride of a city and our company—John Hancock is honored to help keep the Boston Marathon running for a 34th year.

2019 Marathon Events

Banner Day

John Hancock teams up with 2018 Champion Des Linden, four-time champion Bill Rodgers, and Mayor Marty Walsh to kick off Marathon season and One Boston Day with the ceremonial hanging of the first Marathon banner on Boylston Street.

John Hancock Scholars & Stars

John Hancock brings elite Kenyan runners together with Hopkinton elementary students for a pre-race pep rally in the historic town where the Boston Marathon begins.

John Hancock Elite Athlete Team Media Conference

Principal sponsor John Hancock presents the top competitors running the 123rd Boston Marathon, including champions, Olympians, Abbott World Marathon Majors event champions, and top Americans. Media are provided individual interview opportunities.

Boston Marathon Expo and Number Pick-up

Friday, April 12 (11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Saturday, April 13 (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Sunday, April 14 (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

As principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock recruits, sponsors, and hosts the elite team racing on Patriots’ Day. Since 1986, we’ve invited more than 800 athletes from 48 countries and awarded nearly $20 million in prizes and bonuses.

Des Linden

Outside of running, Des loves books, whiskey, and her two dogs. Before winning the Boston Marathon, she named her new puppy “Boston.” Coincidence? We think not.

Yuki Kawauchi

Known for performing best in the cold, Yuki joked that the punishing weather at the 2018 Marathon made for “the best conditions possible.” His secret weapon? “Hot springs.”

Edna Kiplagat

Edna’s career has taken her around the world—she’s run all six Abbott World Marathon Majors. But when it’s time for a vacation? “My favorite place is Cape Cod.”

Geoffrey Kirui

Geoffrey had only run two other marathons before his breakthrough Boston victory. But he almost didn’t break into the sport at all. As a kid, “I never liked athletics,” he says.

Through our sponsorship, John Hancock donates over a thousand Boston Marathon entries through our Marathon Non-Profit Program. Runners pledge to raise money for these select-non profits in exchange for the coveted bibs. Internally, John Hancock sponsors a team of 150 employees, providing them with fundraising support and a robust training program.

Last year, John Hancock-sponsored runners raised $13.1 million for charity.


The Boston Marathon would not be the storied race it is today without the dedicated storytellers who cover it. Thank you to all the media professionals helping write the latest chapter of the Boston Marathon’s 134-year history.

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John Hancock Athlete Ambassadors are running legends who represent our commitment to health, wellness, and inclusivity, attending events and engaging the community throughout the year.



Meb Keflezighi

A four-time Olympian, Meb is the only American man to have won the Boston Marathon (2014), the New York City Marathon (2009), and earned an Olympic Marathon medal (silver, 2004).    

Tatyana McFadden

A B.A.A.-invited wheelchair elite racer, Tatyana has won five of the last six women’s wheelchair crowns in Boston.    

Greg Meyer

The 1983 Boston Marathon champion, Greg is the coach of the John Hancock Employee Running Program for the Boston Marathon.

Team Hoyt 

In 2019, Rick Hoyt and Brian Lyons will mark Team Hoyt’s 37th year competing in Boston, inspiring and educating us about the abilities of all people.