Most marathoners run for a reason. For a select bunch at the 2019 Boston Marathon, that reason will be one of the Boston Athletic Association’s 36 official charities.
Established in 1989, the B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon Official Charity Program provides entries to nonprofit organizations. The organizations then recruit runners, who must fundraise a minimum of $5,000 each.
“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,” said Nicole Juri, the B.A.A.’s manager of charity and community partnerships.
The 2018 charity runners raised $19.2 million, according to a July press release by the B.A.A. Combined with other fundraising, including the John Hancock Non-Profit Program, the 2018 Boston Marathon raised a total of $36.6 million.
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 36 teams through individual organization pages online. Here’s the list and links for the marathon charity teams: