2015 Boston Marathon Fundraising Hits Record $28.3 Million


$28.3 Million Raised

BOSTON, July 7, 2015‰ÛÓParticipants
running on behalf of more than 200 non-profit organizations raised $28.3
million for charity this year in the 119th running of the Boston
Marathon.  The overall total includes $15.6 million raised through
the Boston Athletic Association‰Ûªs Official Charity Program, $10.6 million
raised through John Hancock‰Ûªs Marathon Non-Profit Program, and $2.1 million
raised by qualified and other invitational runners.  

The majority of the fundraising
runners gained entry through the B.A.A.‰Ûªs Official Charity Program and
John Hancock‰Ûªs Marathon Non-Profit Program, which provide non-profits
with guaranteed entry numbers (‰ÛÏbibs‰Û) that enable runners to fundraise
for their organizations.  The average amount raised per runner in
both programs remained on pace with last year‰Ûªs historic average, despite
the field size dropping from 36,000 to 30,000.

Among the charitable organizations
benefiting from the B.A.A‰Ûªs Official Charity Program in 2015 were Boston
Children‰Ûªs Hospital, Dream Big! and The Michael Carter Lisnow Respite

‰ÛÏIn addition to serving as a source
of hometown pride, the Boston Marathon is an eagerly-anticipated event
for many charitable organizations and non-profits in the community,‰Û said
Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director.  ‰ÛÏAs host to one of the world‰Ûªs
truly special athletic competitions, the B.A.A. and our principal sponsor
John Hancock Financial acknowledge the tremendous cooperation that we receive
in organizing the race each year by annually providing entries that allow
participants in the field to raise important funds, most of which stay

John Hancock-sponsored runners ran
to benefit organizations including: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
Medical Center, the Alzheimer‰Ûªs Association of MA/NH, and the Special
Olympics Massachusetts.

Team John Hancock, consisting of
175 employee runners, raised record funds for the Boys & Girls Club
of Boston and the Ron Burton Training Village, along with several other
non-profits. In addition, 36 employee runners (included in that total)
from parent company Manulife ran on behalf of Pathways to Education Canada.
 Overall, John Hancock and Manulife employee fundraising was up 17
percent from 2014.

‰ÛÏOur 2015 theme ‰Û÷There is Only
One Boston‰Ûª celebrated the collective traditions, memories and experiences
of the 119-year old legacy that is the Boston Marathon,‰Û said Craig Bromley,
President of John Hancock. ‰ÛÏIn our 30th anniversary year as the principal
sponsor of this iconic race, we are proud to continue to provide meaningful
support to our community partners through our non-profit program.‰Û

Over the past 30 years, the official
B.A.A. Charity Program and John Hancock‰Ûªs Non-Profit Program have combined
to raise more than $234 million for community-based organizations.  

For the fourth consecutive year,
John Hancock utilized a centralized online platform to capture fundraising
through a partnership with CrowdRise (
the world‰Ûªs largest and fastest growing online platform dedicated exclusively
to charitable fundraising.  

About the Boston Athletic Association

Established in 1887, the Boston
Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting
a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.‰Ûªs Boston
Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages
other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round
running programs, including high performance athletes and running club.
Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John
Hancock Financial. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon
Majors, along with the international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin,
Chicago, and New York City. More than 60,000 runners will participate in
B.A.A. events in 2015. The 120th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday,
April 18, 2016. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit

About John Hancock Financial
and Manulife

John Hancock Financial is a division
of Manulife, a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal
operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Operating as Manulife
in Canada and Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States,
our group of companies offers clients a diverse range of financial protection
products and wealth management services through its extensive network of
employees, agents and distribution partners. Assets under management by
Manulife and its subsidiaries were C$821 billion (US$648 billion) as at
March 31, 2015. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX,
NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife can be found on the
Internet at

The John Hancock unit, through
its insurance companies, comprises one of the largest life insurers in
the United States. John Hancock offers and administers a broad range of
financial products, including
, annuities,
, long-term
care insurance
, college
, and other forms
of business insurance. Additional information about John Hancock may be
found at

For more information about the
Boston Marathon:

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Hancock Boston Marathon Non-Profit Fundraising:


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