Most marathoners run for a reason. For a select bunch at the 2018 Boston Marathon, that reason will be one of the Boston Athletic Association’s 34 official charities.
Established in 1989, the B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon Official Charity Program provides entries to non-profit organizations. The organizations then recruit runners, who must fundraise a minimum of $5,000 each. This year, 1,558 runners are expected to race for an official charity team.
“2018 marks the 30th year of the program,” said Nicole Juri, the B.A.A.’s manager of charity and community partnerships. “It’s a very important part of the work we do and is one of the ways the B.A.A. is able to give back to the eight cities and towns along the route that do so much to support us.”
The 2017 charity runners raised $18.2 million, according to Juri. Combined with other fundraising, including the John Hancock Non-Profit Program, the 2017 Boston Marathon raised a total of $34.2 million.
“We are on track for surpassing last year’s number, both for the charity program and the full marathon total,” said Juri. “We look forward to an exciting announcement a month after the marathon.”
All participating charities focus on health, fitness, and the local community, with causes ranging from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital’s research initiatives to the Semper Fi Fund, which provides assistance to Armed Forces injured in combat after 9/11.
Donations can be made to any of the 34 teams through individual organization pages online. Here’s the list and links for the Marathon charity teams: