Each year, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) awards select local-area nonprofits with invitational entries to the Boston Marathon. In return for the bibs, team runners develop individual fund-raising campaigns that provide critical support for those organizations. In 2020, the program raised no less than $32.1 million in charitable giving, for no fewer than 242 nonprofit organizations.
The 26.2 Foundation has been a proud recipient of B.A.A. invitational entries since 1996, and the charitable donations raised by team members have been instrumental to our projects and programs. We are deeply grateful for our runners’ engagement and support, inspired by their accomplishments and generosity, and impressed by their diversity and reach. In 2020, our team of 65 hailed from six countries, ranging from the UK to Indonesia; and from 16 states, from Massachusetts to Oregon.
We are also often profoundly moved by the stories behind their applications, whether those stories involve escape from an abusive relationship, honoring a sick parent or lost friend, or overcoming illness and injury.