Charity runners at the April race brought in $38.4 million.
Charity runners at the Boston Marathon this year raised $38.4 million, a record number and nearly double the amount raised in 2013.
More than 300 organizations received donations from an untold number of the 36,000 runners who participated in the 2014 run from Hopkinton to downtown Boston. According to a Boston Athletic Association press release, most of the fundraising runners gained entry into the race through the BAA’s official charity program.
“This year’s Boston Marathon was like no other that we have witnessed,” said Tom Grilk, BAA Executive Director. “We worked in cooperation with the community, especially the eight cities and towns which comprise the Boston Marathon route and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to accommodate as many participants as possible, and we were delighted that so many chose to channel their dedication and commitment towards fundraising for worthwhile causes. The 2014 Boston Marathon will go down in history as a special day for the sport, for the City of Boston and for unprecedented fundraising, all benefitting local charities.”
The 2013 race, which was interrupted by two bombs that exploded at the finish line, raised $20 million for various charities.
“The world bore witness to the resilience of the Boston community and the true spirit of the Marathon this year,” said Craig Bromley, President of John Hancock. “The Boston Marathon will forever be defined by compassion, courage, competition, and extraordinary generosity. We are proud of our partnership with the BAA and join them in congratulating our charitable partners for raising an unprecedented amount of funds to support their important missions.”
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