Program supports B.A.A. mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports
BOSTON—The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced today that the Bank of America Boston Marathon® Official Charity Program is now accepting applications for the 128th Boston Marathon which will take place on Monday, April 15, 2024.
The program provides invitational entries into the Boston Marathon to select non-profit organizations. Comprising almost 10% of the total field size, successful applicant organizations use the entries to recruit athletes who pledge to raise funds for their cause.
“The Bank of America Boston Marathon Official Charity Program is important to our many communities, and funds raised by participants can help to broaden the awareness of a non-profit’s work and impact,” said Jack Fleming, President and CEO of the B.A.A. “Our charity program is another platform for the promotion of a healthy lifestyle through running. It provides an additional access point to running the Boston Marathon, often for new participants – with many of them returning through the program to run and raise funds for wonderful causes.”
For selection into the Bank of America Boston Marathon Official Charity Program, the B.A.A. greatly values organizations that focus on building healthy communities, specifically in Greater Boston. Two levels of entry – Gold and Blue – are being offered with a set of criteria for each. Organizations selected via the Gold program will receive between 10-15 invitational entries into the 2024 Boston Marathon while organizations accepted into the Blue level are eligible to receive between 3-5 invitational entries.
Organizations that meet the criteria of either the Gold or Blue Level are encouraged to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) using the link below. LOIs will be accepted until 17:00, Friday, June 30, 2023. If an organization is invited to submit a full application after review of their LOI, that organization will be notified on July 11, 2023. All full applications will be submitted to the B.A.A.’s Charity and Community Engagement Committee for review at a meeting that will take place in Summer 2023. Organizations accepted into the 2024 Bank of America Boston Marathon Official Charity Program will be notified shortly after this committee meeting.
For full program details including a timeline of the application and acceptance process, click HERE.
In 2023, athletes participating in the Boston Marathon raised a record $40.3 million, and since the program’s inception in 1989, more than $500.2 million has been fundraised.
Qualifying standards and the entry window for the 128th Boston Marathon can be found here.
The next B.A.A. event is the B.A.A. 10K presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital on Sunday, June 25. Athletes interested in supporting Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the B.A.A. 10K’s presenting sponsor and exclusive fundraising partner, are encouraged to visit www.runbwh.org/10k.
ABOUT THE BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (B.A.A.)
Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A. manages the Boston Marathon, and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round programming. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. Starting in 2024, the Boston Marathon’s presenting partner will be Bank of America. The 128th Boston Marathon is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 15, 2024. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org.
ABOUT BANK OF AMERICA
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