Boston Marathon surges to record-breaking $71.2M raised for charity


This yr’s Boston Marathon will go down within the file books.

The Boston Athletic Affiliation, marathon organizer, raised a file whole of $71.9 million in funds that shall be directed in the direction of charitable causes throughout the area, the group introduced Thursday,

“We set a high bar for our fundraising at the Boston Marathon this year,” mentioned Nicole Juri, director of growth for the B.A.A., “and I am delighted to be able to share today that thanks to our amazing runners and supporters – we did it. This amount will have a huge impact on the Greater Boston community and all those who receive support and services from these incredible organizations.”

This yr’s whole soared nicely previous the earlier file of $40.2 million set final yr.

Organizers mixed $45.7 million in funds raised via the 168 non-profit organizations within the Financial institution of America Boston Marathon Official Charity Program with different donations and fundraising from race individuals.

For the reason that inception of the race’s official charity program in 1989, greater than $550 million has been raised. This system, organizers say, makes up “nearly 10% of the Boston Marathon field size, with selected organizations utilizing their entries to recruit athletes who pledge to raise funds for their cause.”

A good portion of funds got here from a $26.2 million donation from Rob Hale, co-founder and president of Granite Communications LLC. Hale, who ran in his first Boston, and his spouse Karen unfold the cash to 72 native nonprofits.

“The Boston Marathon is part of the cultural fabric of our great city, and I was humbled to run it this year, and inspired by the focus on giving back,” Hale mentioned in a launch . “Recognizing the immense impact the fabled marathon has had on our proud city, these gifts are going to wonderful organizations throughout our region that support our community. Together we make Boston Strong.”

Hand cyclists line up at first line in Hopkinton within the Boston Marathon. (Mark Stockwell/Boston Herald)

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