1996

26.2 Foundation (dba Hopkinton Athletic Association)  is formed as a non-profit 501c organization to leverage the fund raising opportunities related to the 100th running for the Boston Marathon. The HAA’s formulation included discussions with and endorsement by the Hopkinton board of selectmen and the executive director of the Boston Athletic Association.

1996

HAA donates $110,000 to town of Hopkinton to pay for the non-reimbursed portion of the High School track, saving taxpayer’s this expense.

2006

The 26.2 Foundation (dba Hopkinton Athletic Association) signs agreement with BAA to fund design and construction of new bleachers for high school athletic field.

2006

Foundation retains international firm to conduct feasibility study for a Marathon Hall of Fame/Museum.

2007

Foundation commissions a statue of George V. Brown “The Starter” 

2007

Foundation creates and provides annual funding for the “Marathon Fitness Challenge” for grade school students in the community to promote health and wellness. 

2008

The Marathon Flame arrives in Hopkinton, MA from Marathon Greece. The flame was brought to the United States by a Greek delegation that included the Mayor of Marathon Greece and Greek women’s marathon national record holder Maria Polyzou.

2009

The Foundation is recognized as the owner and caretaker of the statue of Stylianos Kyriakides that sits at the 1-mile mark of the Boston Marathon at Weston Nurseries (who donated the land for the statue). The statue commemorates his win in the 1946 Boston Marathon and how he used his celebrity and media visibility to save millions of Greek citizens who were starving in Greece after the Nazi occupation. Statue was donated by New Balance corporation. Sculptor Mico Kaufman.

2010

2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon that is recognized as the first defense of democracy and the inspiration for the modern day sporting event called the marathon.

2010

HAA is officially renamed the 26.2 Foundation to more accurately align the organization’s name with the expanding local, regional and international mission.

2010

26.2 Foundation expands board of directors to include members on two continents.

2010

Foundation worked with the Girl Scouts of eastern Massachusetts and the local Girl Scout Troop to create a new Girl Scout "Go the Distance" Marathon Badge.

2010

Foundation helps “Friends of the Common” raise money to design and build a new Gazebo on Hopkinton town common.

2011

Foundation makes donation $2,500 to town of Hopkinton to help pay for new lighting on town Common.

2011

The Foundation conceives of and orchestrates a delegation from Xiamen China to visit Hopkinton, MA to meet with community leaders, business executives and academic officials.