The 2014 Boston Marathon proved to be one of the most inspirational and successful 26.2-mile races in the history of long distance running. And while this may not be true from a statistical standpoint, for Bostonians and those who descended upon the city to take in the annual Patriots’ Day event there can be no argument as to its significance.
The Boston Athletic Association allowed for one of the largest participatory fields in the Marathon’s history and in doing so, helped fuel its largest non-profit fundraising campaign to date. On Tuesday the B.A.A. announced that those who participated in the 118th Boston Marathon secured a record $38.4 million for charity.
The previous high mark, $20 million in 2013, pales in comparison.
It comes as no surprise, really, given the 2012 tragedy which shook Boston to its core. Three people died when the dual Boylston Street pressure cooker bombs combusted and another 264 sustained terrible injuries. In the aftermath, MIT police offer Sean Collier was shot in cold blood.
But Boston, stubborn to the point of tenacious especially in the face of adversity, proved that while domestic terrorists may inflict pain of the deepest and most dire variety, they can’t claim the identity of our city.
“This year’s Boston Marathon was like no other that we have witnessed,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director.
We worked in cooperation with the community, especially the eight cities and towns which comprise the Boston Marathon route and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to accommodate as many participants as possible, and we were delighted that so many chose to channel their dedication and commitment towards fundraising for worthwhile causes. 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 benefitting local charities.
The field of the 2014 Boston Marathon was expanded to 36,000 participants to accommodate the runners who were unable to finish last year’s race as well as the influx of those wanting to run, walk or wheelchair push their way over grueling hills and heated stretches on behalf of those who were injured, killed and those who survived the devastating Marathon bombings.
Runners sponsored by race partner and primary sponsor John Hancock pulled down just north of $10 million, marking a 27 percent increase over the $7.9 million total raised in 2013.
The B.A.A. also made special allocations to the One Fund Boston, the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, local hospitals, and bevy other organizations.
Congratulations to the Boston Athletic Association for their outstanding commitment to not only their participants and partners, but to the charity they bestow upon Boston every year.