The Boston Athletic Association reports that participants running on behalf of non-profit organizations raised $38.4 million for charity this year in the 118th running of the Boston Marathon. The 2014 figure is a record amount and nearly doubles the $20 million raised in 2013. #BostonStrong @BostonMarathon
The April 21 event marked the second biggest Boston Marathon in history when 32,408 racers hit the racetrack, the Boston Globe reported. Of those runners, 3,150 committed to supporting more than 300 organizations, and nearly doubled last year’s fundraising efforts, according to the B.A.A.
The majority of the fundraising runners gained entry through the Boston Athletic Association’s Official Charity Program and John Hancock’s Marathon Non-Profit Program, which provide non-profits with guaranteed entry numbers (“bibs”) that enable funds to be raised for their organizations.
In addition, many qualified runners, along with deferred runners who did not finish the 2013 Marathon, contributed by raising money for charity. The B.A.A. also made special allocations to the One Fund Boston, the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, local hospitals, and many other organizations and individuals who were touched by the bombing at last year’s race.
Included among the charitable organizations benefiting from the B.A.A.’s Official Charity Program in 2014 is the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which marked its 25th year of fundraising with the B.A.A. for the Boston Marathon.