The 26.2 Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1996. Its mission is to promote and support the sport of marathoning, as well as health, wellness and economic development initiatives through strategic investments in innovative, multi-generational programs on local, regional, national and global levels.


Hopkinton aims to open a $29m International Marathon Center

Boston Globe | The International Marathon Center, a $29 million project, would pay homage to the global sport in the quaint town of Hopkinton, where the world’s most celebrated marathon begins. Read more >>

Take a tour of the International Marathon Center visitor experience through this video. Click here >>


Team Inspire

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. In 2021, the program raised $26.6 million in charitable giving. Learn more >>


Bobbi Gibb Marathon Sculpture Project

Bobbi Gibb, the "girl who ran," with the sculpture she created to memorialize her epic run in the Boston Marathon, at the statue's unveiling in October 2021.
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