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Boston Marathon Charity Runners Raise Record $38.4 Million In 2014

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2014 Boston Marathon. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

2014 Boston Marathon. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (AP) — Runners participating in the Boston Marathon on behalf of nonprofit organizations raised more than $38 million this year.

The record $38.4 million raised on behalf of more than 300 charities nearly doubled the $20 million raised for charity in 2013.

The April 21 race was the first since two bombs exploded near the finish line of the 2013 marathon, killing three and wounding more than 260.

The majority of the fundraising runners gained entry through the Boston Athletic Association and sponsor John Hancock’s charity programs, which give official entry numbers to runners so they don’t have to qualify through traditional means.

The BAA, which organizes the marathon, made special allocations for The One Fund, the charity founded to help victims of the bombing, and a charity named after 8-year-old victim Martin Richard.

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