In Ashland the surplus funds came in at just under $6,000 last year, according to Susan Robie, executive assistant in the town manager’s office.. “We don’t get as much left over as we’d like, but it’s something,” she said.
In the past the money has been used to start a swim team at Ashland High School, help with equipment and expenses for various town youth sports leagues, and for exercise programs at the senior center.
In Brookline, Assistant Town Administrator Melissa Goff said the town will receive $50,000 this year, and that covers all the costs associated with the race.
Brookline covers the Marathon expenses though its operating budget, and the entire BAA gift goes into a trust to pay for Park and Recreation Department and community events such as last year’s Brookline Days.
This year’s allotment to Newton is $85,000, the same as Hopkinton’s. Bob Rooney, the city’s chief operating officer, said the money provided by the BAA roughly covers the costs of hosting the race, the bulk of which is overtime pay for police officers along the course.
Each year, however, the city dedicates about $20,000 to use toward matching Parent Teacher Organization funds to replace or add equipment at elementary school playgrounds, he said.
“We felt that would be a positive thing, a good outcome of the Marathon running through Newton,” Rooney said.
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