BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), in partnership with Boston Marathon principal sponsor John Hancock, has announced that Wednesday, March 16 will be Boston Marathon Giving Day. The inaugural Boston Marathon Giving Day encourages all athletes and marathon supporters to help raise meaningful funds for the more than 200 non-profit programs affiliated with the 126th Boston Marathon. This year’s Boston Marathon is set for Monday, April 18.
Boston Marathon Giving Day will feature unique incentives for fundraising athletes who reach certain benchmarks throughout March 16. The day’s top fundraising athlete will receive a donation of $3,000 to their GivenGain fundraising page. The second-highest fundraiser will receive a $2,000 donation, while the third highest fundraiser will receive $1,000. Additionally, athletes who fundraise at least $1,000 will have a chance to win one of eight $500 donations to their respective charity or non-profit’s GivenGain page.
In addition, any 126th Boston Marathon fundraising athlete who raises $2,500 or more on March 16 will be entered to win a special Boston Experience prize pack including flights, hotel accommodations, and a $500 American Express gift card. Every donation of $100 or more qualifies donors to win one of three packages: two finish line tickets for the 126th Boston Marathon; one complimentary 2022 B.A.A. Distance Medley registration; or one $150 adidas gift card.
Only athletes who raise money through the GivenGain platform for one of the B.A.A. Official Charity Program or John Hancock Non-Profit Program teams are eligible for the additional donations or prize packages. All funds must be raised between 12:01 a.m. ET on March 16 through 11:59:59 p.m. ET on March 16; offline donations do not count towards incentive. Winners will be notified directly via email by the B.A.A.
The B.A.A. Official Charity Program and the John Hancock Non-Profit Program have combined to raise more than $426 million since the charity program’s inception at the 1989 Boston Marathon.