Boston Marathon fundraising hits $32 million in 12 months with out in-person race amid coronavirus


The primary-ever 12 months with out an in-person Boston Marathon race nonetheless resulted in additional than $32 million raised for charities, the Boston Athletic Affiliation introduced on Thursday.

The race initially scheduled for April 20 and postponed to Sept. 14 was finally canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The B.A.A. instead of the in-person race organized a digital race, which had greater than 16,000 finishers.

The $32.1 million raised will profit 242 nonprofits.

“In a 12 months when runners and supporters have confronted numerous challenges, all have remained decided to complete sturdy and make a distinction throughout the neighborhood,” B.A.A. CEO Tom Grilk mentioned in a press release. “We’re immensely happy with every participant whose fundraising contributions will serve a significant objective supporting 242 non-profit and charity organizations.”

With this 12 months’s $32.1 million, the B.A.A. Official Charity Program and John Hancock’s Non-Revenue Program have now surpassed the $400 million milestone for the reason that charity program’s inception on the 1989 Boston Marathon.

“To realize the $400 million milestone in complete funds raised provides much more which means to this 12 months’s occasion, the place Boston Marathoners introduced the spirit of Boston to the world,” Grilk added.

The $32.1 million is shy of final 12 months’s race file of $38.7 million. The earlier fundraising file was $38.4 million set in 2014.

Marianne Harrison, president and CEO of John Hancock, mentioned in a press release, “Though this 12 months’s race was completely different, runners got here collectively to cross their very own end strains and collectively raise up one another and the non-profits they signify. The $400 million milestone is an instance of what’s doable once we come collectively to foster more healthy, extra equitable communities, and we thank everybody who made this milestone a actuality.”

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