John Hancock to Sponsor Boston Marathon Documentary

December 3, 2015‰ÛÓIn
its 31st  year as
principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock Financial today
announced they will partner with LA Roma Films to be the title sponsor of BOSTON, the first ever feature-length
documentary film about the Boston Marathon.

Directed by award winning
filmmaker Jon Dunham, well known for his
Spirit of the
 films, and produced by Academy Award nominee
Megan Williams, the film documents the celebrated history of the Boston
Marathon, from its origins in 1897 through the present day.

Dunham and
Williams were
granted exclusive documentary rights from the Boston
Athletic Association to produce the film and to use the Association‰Ûªs extensive
archive of video, photos and memorabilia. The film, currently in production,
portrays the growth of the legendary race, including the triumphs and
tragedies, and features many of the greatest marathoners ever to have raced
over the Hopkinton to Boston route.

‰ÛÏWe are pleased
to partner with John Hancock as the title sponsor of BOSTON,‰Û said
Dunham. ‰ÛÏJohn Hancock‰Ûªs long time affiliation with the race and their support
of our production brings us a giant step closer toward completing the film,
which will preserve the history of this iconic sporting event for future

American Olympian Deena Kastor is an executive producer on the project and is
featured in Dunham‰Ûªs acclaimed Spirit of
the Marathon,
where she is shown setting the U.S. marathon record. Kastor won
a national marathon title at the 2007 Boston Marathon and her passion for the
race and for the sport of marathon running prevails.


‰ÛÏThis just may be the most socially significant
documentary of our time,‰Û said Kastor. ‰ÛÏRunning is a common thread allowing
people of all ages and abilities to get the best out of themselves and
contribute to a better world. The Boston Marathon is the most prestigious race
for every runner to aspire to running. For many, getting to the starting line is
a victory in itself. For others, winning the event places them permanently among
the world‰Ûªs most accomplished runners. This race has such a rich history and
the film looks to share that story to inspire and encourage all current and
future runners and pay homage to all those who have shaped this glorious event.‰Û


Robert Friedman, head of Sponsorship and Event
Marketing at John Hancock, welcomes the partnership with LA Roma. ‰ÛÏThe Boston
Marathon is the oldest annually run and most historic marathon in the world,‰Û said
Friedman. ‰ÛÏWe are excited to support Jon and Megan as they create a world class
documentary. This event touches the lives of millions of people each year and whether
you are here in Boston or watching the race from across the globe, you can‰Ûªt help
but be swept up in the extraordinary emotion that is the Boston Marathon. This
film will certainly capture all of the moments that have made, and will
continue to make, this race unlike any other.‰Û


To view a trailer of the film, please visit


For more information about the documentary, set
to be released in Fall 2016, or to help sponsor the film, please contact Megan
Williams at


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 and
administration by Manulife and its subsidiaries were C$888 billion (US$663
billion) as at September 30, 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 life insurance, annuities, investments, 401(k) plans, long-term
care insurance, college savings, and other forms of business insurance.
Additional information about John Hancock may be found at






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