BOSTON (CBS) – Runners in this year’s Boston Marathon helped raise $28.3 million for more than 200 charity organizations, race officials announced on Tuesday.
Of the $28.3 million raised this year, a total of $15.6 million was raised through the Boston Athletic Association’s official charity program.READ MORE: Oil Spill Settlement To Fund Loon Conservation Projects
Another $10.6 million was raised through John Hancock’s Marathon Non-Profit and $2.1 million was donated through qualified and other invitational runners.
“In addition to serving as a source of hometown pride, the Boston Marathon is an eagerly-anticipated event for many charitable organizations and non-profits in the community,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director.READ MORE: Connecticut Becomes 1st State To Make All Prison Phone Calls Free
Though the number of entries for the 119th running of the Boston Marathon dropped from 36,000 to 30,000 heading into 2015, the average amount raised per runner remained on pace with 2014.
Over 30 years, the B.A.A. and John Hancock fundraising teams have combined to raise more than $234 million for charity.MORE NEWS: 5 Rescued From The Water After Boat Overturns Near Marion
“In our 30th anniversary year as the principal sponsor of this iconic race, we are proud to continue to provide meaningful support to our community partners through our non-profit program,” said Craig Bromley, president of John Hancock.