12% increase from the 2016 race
Boston Marathon participants who ran on behalf of more than 200 non-profit organizations raised $34.2 million for charity in the 121st year of the historic race. The fundraising total represents a twelve percent increase, or $3.6 million, over 2016's results.
Total funds include $17.96 million raised through the Boston Athletic Association's Official Charity Program, $12.3 million raised through John Hancock's Non-Profit Program, and $3.97 million from other qualified and invitational runners.
Most of the fundraising runners gained entry through the B.A.A. and John Hancock programs, which provide non-profits with guaranteed entries ("bibs") that enable runners to fundraise for their organizations.
"As we reflect on this year's race and the enormous fundraising it generated, we're again reminded of the power of our community," said B.A.A. CEO Tom Grilk. "While the race means so much to those who compete within it, it means just as much for the communities which surround it. We're honored to be associated with such profound goodwill."