In the first Boston Marathon since last year’s tragic bombings, runners proved their resilience by raising a record $38.4 million for charity, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A) announced Tuesday. This amount is nearly twice the $20 million raised in 2013.
Over 32,000 runners participated in this year’s marathon, according to the B.A.A. The funds will benefit more than 300 charitable organizations including the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Boys & Girls Club of Boston.
“This year’s Boston Marathon was like no other that we have witnessed,’’ B.A.A. Executive Director Tom Grilk said in a press release announcing the proceeds. “The 2014 Boston Marathon will go down in history as a special day for the sport, for the City of Boston and for unprecedented fundraising, all benefiting local charities.’’
The B.A.A. also made special allocations to the One Fund Boston and local hospitals and organizations that were affected by the 2013 marathon bombings that killed three and injured more than 260 others. The 2014 marathon had an expanded field of 36,000, of which 3,000 were charity runners, up from 2,000 for the 2013 marathon.
“The world bore witness to the resilience of the Boston community and the true spirit of the Marathon this year,’’ Craig Bromley, President of John Hancock Financial, one of the Marathon’s biggest sponsors, said. “The Boston Marathon will forever be defined by compassion, courage, competition, and extraordinary generosity. We are proud of our partnership with the B.A.A. and join them in congratulating our charitable partners for raising an unprecedented amount of funds to support their important missions.’’