Boston Marathon fundraising hits $32 million in year without in-person race amid coronavirus

The first-ever year without an in-person Boston Marathon race still resulted in more than $32 million raised for charities, the Boston Athletic Association announced on Thursday.

The race originally scheduled for April 20 and postponed to Sept. 14 was eventually canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The B.A.A. in place of the in-person race organized a virtual race, which had more than 16,000 finishers.

The $32.1 million raised will benefit 242 nonprofits.

“In a year when runners and supporters have faced countless challenges, all have remained determined to finish strong and make a difference within the community,” B.A.A. CEO Tom Grilk said in a statement. “We are immensely proud of each and every participant whose fundraising contributions will serve a meaningful purpose supporting 242 non-profit and charity organizations.”

With this year’s $32.1 million, the B.A.A. Official Charity Program and John Hancock’s Non-Profit Program have now surpassed the $400 million milestone since the charity program’s inception at the 1989 Boston Marathon.

“To achieve the $400 million milestone in total funds raised adds even more meaning to this year’s event, where Boston Marathoners brought the spirit of Boston to the world,” Grilk added.

The $32.1 million is shy of last year’s race record of $38.7 million. The previous fundraising record was $38.4 million set in 2014.

Marianne Harrison, president and CEO of John Hancock, said in a statement, “Although this year’s race was different, runners came together to cross their own finish lines and collectively lift up each other and the non-profits they represent. The $400 million milestone is an example of what’s possible when we come together to foster healthier, more equitable communities, and we thank everyone who made this milestone a reality.”

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