2014 Boston Marathon – The “Unofficial” Charities


Greetings! It looks like the non-BAA “official” charities are rolling out their 2014 Boston Marathon programs! This most often means charities that have received their bibs through the John Hancock Non-Profit Partner program, though I’m not sure where some of the charities below got their bibs from.  The programs are generally smaller teams with less infrastructure than a large BAA charity team might have, but that is not true across the board. I would be fairly confident in assuming though that they have at least a $5,000 minimum to raise some minimum amount to raise.

Check back here often for updates on who has bibs, and how to to get them!

1.  Mass General Hospital: Fighting Kids’ Cancer

The Mass General Marathon Team supports the Division of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).  The team application can be found here. For questions regarding the application, contact Courtney Earle at cearle2@partners.org.

Chosing Mass General as your charity means being part of an amazing team. It starts with your fellow Boston Marathon © runners: 100+ passionate people bound by a desire not only to conquer the 26.2-mile course, but also to beat childhood cancer. You’ll have the chance to bond with one another during weekend training runs and social activities.

Leading up to the race:

  • Experienced Mass General staff are available to answer your questions and address logistical issues
  • Team meetings cover fundraising, nutrition, training, team building and marathon day information
  • We send e-newsletters with useful hints on fundraising, corporate matching gift opportunities, marathon training and nutrition

On race day:

  • We transport you from Mass General to the starting line, where we host a tent with snacks, beverages, entertainment and personal assistance for last-minute issues
  • We also host a tent near the beginning of Heartbreak Hill, where families, friends and patient partners gather to cheer on our Boston Marathon runners
  • We provide access to a gym near the finish line where you can shower and get dressed post-marathon

2.  Harvard College Marathon Challenge

Who is eligible for an official HCMC slot?

You, if you:

  • are at least 18 years old
  • have a valid credit card (yours or a parent’s/guardian’s) that expires on or after 4/30/13
  • belong to any of the following 3 categories:
    • you are a current Harvard undergraduate who, from September 2013 through April 2014, will be enrolled in good standing throughout this period and is not studying abroad or on a leave of absence at any time during this period;
    • you are a current Harvard College proctor, resident tutor, resident dean, or housemaster who is eager to train/run freqeuently with our student participants; or
    • you are a Harvard College staff member, administrator, or faculty member who works closely with Harvard College undergraduates and is eager to train/run frequently with them.

3.  American Medical Athletic Association

This unique program allows you to run in the prestigious Boston Marathon® without the need for a qualifying time. It also includes a two-day sports medicine symposium hosted by AMAA prior to the race, as well as many amenities such as a bus ride to the race start from The Colonnade Hotel, shower rooms, and a post-race celebration.

Eligible participants must be able to complete the marathon in six hours or less and also must be:

  • Physicians
  • Allied Healthcare Professionals
  • Friends and family of AMAA members with an interest in the association’s mission
  • AMAA Members (Note: All “AMAA RUN BOSTON” participants must be members.)

PROGRAM FEES

The invitational non-qualifying entries for the Boston Marathon® are highly valued by the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) and we must honor their charity protocols. As a result, we’ve had to gradually raise our fees for the entries. We are, however, still below that which is charged by other charities. Many charity nonprofits require fundraising totals for much higher, with some in the range of $7,000 to $10,000.  [EDITOR’S NOTE: It seems improbable that the AMAA will be able to stick to their $3,000 fundraising minimum.]

“AMAA RUN BOSTON” 2014 Race Package Options

  • OPTION #1 (SPLIT PAYMENT): $1,500 deposit in September, with the remaining $1,500 due by December 1, 2013. The credit card you use for your initial payment will be automatically charged on that date if you do not submit another payment method.
  • OPTION #2 (PAY IN FULL): $3,000 paid in September
  • OPTION #3 (FUNDRAISING): Pay a deposit of $550 in September and raise an additional $2,650 by May , 2014 (a credit card must be provided to cover any difference in amount raised and amount owed)

3.  Bay State Games

Bay State Games’ goal is to raise funds while providing avid runners with an opportunity to achieve their lifetime goal of competing in the Boston Marathon. These funds are essential in allowing the Bay State Games to be able to continue its mission of producing quality recreational, health, and educational programming for Massachusetts citizens of all ages and abilities.  If you are interested in running the Boston Marathon and raising money to support important programming which benefits over 65,000 participants annually, please contact the Bay State Games office by email, or click here to fill out an application.  There is a $35 application fee and the minimum fundraising amount is set at $4,500.  Participants are responsible for their own $350 Boston Marathon entry fee.

4.  Team Boston Medical Center

If you or anyone you know is interested in helping Boston Medical Center in its mission to provide exceptional care, without exception, please sign up today!
• Team BMC seeks enthusiastic members who will be dedicated and willing to put forth maximum efforts in their role as both a team member and fundraiser.
• Boston Medical Center provides numerous benefits to runners, including a personalized training program, Team BMC apparel, health and wellness advice and much more.
• The fundraising minimum for each runner is $5,000, and priority will be given to those applicants with a proven track record of fundraising success and/or a compelling network/fundraising plan. Team BMC members will receive fundraising tools including a personal Web page on the Team BMC Web site to post an appeal, accept online donations and manage email outreach.
• Team BMC also welcomes qualified runners who have or will receive their number through the BAA, or runners from Team BMC 2013 who will receive a bib. The minimum fundraising goal for qualified runners is $1,000. If you are a qualified runner, or if you know anyone who is, please consider running for BMC.

The BMC application may be found here.  A non-refundable charge of $100 will be applied to your listed card upon acceptance to the team, it will be applied to your fundraising efforts.  Detailed team terms and conditions may be found here.  If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Hogan at Ashley.Hogan@bmc.org or 617-414-5530.

5.  Run/Walk Boston

“WalkBoston is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to improving walking conditions in cities and towns across Massachusetts. Founded in 1990, our goal is to make walking and pedestrian needs a basic part of the transportation discussion.We represent over 75 cities and towns across the state. We welcome your advocacy efforts as well as your individual and corporate memberships. Every additional member strengthens WalkBoston’s voice on behalf of pedestrians across Massachusetts.”

Interested in joining our 2014 Marathon Team? Please contact: Susan Hurley, Charity Teams, 978.852.7891, charityteams@comcast.net

6.  Spaulding Rehabilitation Network – Race For Rehab

Running for a Purpose: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital is proud to partner with John Hancock as part of their non-profit marathon program. Over the past two years, 47 members of the Race for Rehab Team raised over $250,000 to support Spaulding’s Annual Fund, dedicated to providing support to the hospital’s most pressing needs including: patient care, teaching, research and capital improvements. For the past 8 years, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital has successfully recruited more than 100 individuals to run the Boston Marathon in support of the hospital, and has raised over a half a million dollars

Already have a number to run in 2014?  Consider joining our team.  Individuals with their own numbers are asked to raise a minimum of $1,000 and are eligible for the same team benefits.  Contact Taylor Austin at taustin@partners.org to join our 2014 team.

Want to run for Spaulding? Check back in October for an application and for information on joining our 2014 team.  To be added to the Race for Rehab information list please contact Taylor Austin, Special Events Coordinator at 617-952-6882 or taustin@partners.org

Members of Spaulding’s Race for Rehab Team have many benefits including:

  • Team training runs
  • Training tips from one of Spaulding’s Physical Therapists
  • Individual personalized fundraising websites
  • Team meetings and fundraising assistance
  • Pre-Marathon brunch
  • Exclusive chance to meet with team captain Ernst van Dyk, nine-time Men’s Push Rim Wheelchair champion of the Boston Marathon
  • Marathon Monday viewing party for family and friends to watch the race and meet the runners afterward

Each team member is asked to raise a minimum of $5,000.  All proceeds raised by the Race for Rehab team will directly support Spaulding Boston’s Annual Fund, dedicated to patient care, teaching and research.

7.  Team Brookline

Team Brookline is the Town of Brookline’s official Boston Marathon team. It is a motivated group of twenty-five runners – novice to experienced marathoners – fundraising for Brookline charities and training together for the challenge of a lifetime.

TEAM MEMBER BENEFITS

  • Personalized training with a coached team
  • Weekly team runs along the marathon course
  • Expert running, fitness and nutrition guidance
  • New friends
  • Fundraising support
  • Marathon glory!

Team Brookline is now accepting applications for the 2014 Boston Marathon Team.  Applications may be found here.  Applications Due: Friday, September 27th.  Notification is October 15 and training begins November 1, 2013.  There is a non-refundable $25 application fee and team members are required to make an initiation fundraising donation of $100.

8.  Brigham And Women’s Hospital

If you’d like to join our team, please click here to fill out an application.  There is no fee to apply.

Since 1998, thanks to the generous support of John Hancock, BWH’s marathon team has raised over $5.8 million dollars for patient care, research and discovery, and education of the next generation of healthcare professionals. This year, BWH runners will support life-giving breakthroughs across all disciplines and disease areas at the hospital.

The 2014 Boston Marathon marks an extraordinary and historic time for BWH and our beloved city. Paradigm shifts in medicine, science, and technology have helped our physician-scientists and caregivers better understand, detect, and treat the world’s most devastating diseases. Never before have so many advances been within reach—and never before has BWH been so uniquely prepared to achieve them.

Here are some of the benefits we offer our team of runners:

  • Fundraising assistance, including a fundraising website and valuable emails with advice, tips, and helpful hints to keep your fundraising total growing.
  • Personalized training including weekend runs, weekly hill runs, and a dedicated team of professional athletic trainers, physical therapists, podiatrists, coaches, and educators to prepare you for race day.
  • Branded team apparel including T-shirts, singlets, and winter hats.
  • Team meetings with fundraising, nutrition, team building, and marathon/team information.
  • Team socials where BWH runners can meet and mingle.
  • A dedicated water/snack station during long-run training.
  • A pre-race pasta dinner the evening before the race for runners, their friends, and family.
  • Worry-free logistics, including private bus transportation to the starting line in Hopkinton the morning of the race, breakfast, and much more.
  • A heated VIP tent on the Hopkinton Green the morning of the race.
  • A post-race celebration for runners and their families to receive lunch, complimentary massages, and immediate access to trainers and physicians.

9.  PhabKids

Minimum pledge £1250

When you join our team we will provide you with:

  • Free Phabkids Hi-Tec running vest
  • Free Asics running shoes if you raise over £1500
  • Email training program

The application may be found here.

10.  Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Team With a Vision

2014 marks Team With A Vision’s 21st year racing the Boston Marathon. Our international team of blind, visually impaired, and sighted runners are committed to race and raise funds for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

The application may be found here.  Starting October 1, applicants will be notified on a rolling basis of their status.

11.  Team Go Kids

Be sure to check back soon and often for updated information!

12.  Joe Andruzzi Foundation

Join the 2014 Team JAF Marathon contact list.

13.  The Ally Foundation

From Jenna Barnes (jbarnes@allyfoundation.org): “Thank you for showing your interest in being on our 2014 team early on and thank you for your patience!  We have now received our bib assignments from our wonderful friends at adidas and are happy to announce that we will be hosting a team of 20 runners this year!

We will be ready to send out applications and contracts very soon.  In the meantime, I wanted to get a quick update from everyone currently on our waitlist.  Would you please reply asap and let me know if you are still interested in running the 2014 Boston Marathon for Team ALLY.  Additionally, please think about and let me know if you think you would and/or your schedule would allow you to take advantage of a professional marathon coach through our program.

Please be ready!  We will send you the application (along with all relevant details) for the 2014 ALLY Foundation Marathon Team within the next 7 days and ask that you return the completed application by September 30th so that we can in turn select our team and let you know promptly by October 1st.  This will allow everyone to get training and fundraising asap!  (If this quick turn around will present a problem for you, please do let me know and we can discuss other arrangements).”

14.  Gronk Nation Foundation

Gronk Nation is recruiting runners for participation in the 2013 Boston Marathon on April 15th, 2013 as part of the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation.

Gronk Nation is part of the John Hancock Non Profit Partners Marathon Program which provides an opportunity for local charities to fundraise using the Boston Marathon as an event.

The spots are limited and all interested runners must apply to the team. You can download a team application here!

For more information contact Susan Hurley at charityteams@comcast.net or call Susan at 978-852-7891 or visit www.charityteams.org

Team Requirements for Charity Runners:

  • $35 registration fee to apply
  • $5,000 minimum fundraising commitment
  • $300 race entry fee

15.  Project Purple

Fight pancreatic cancer with Project Purple!  $35 application fee, $7500 minimum fundraising requirement.

16.  JumpStart

Run for children with JumpStart!  The application fee is $35.

17.  FamilyAid Boston

FamilyAid Boston is looking for runners to join our 2014 Boston Marathon team. Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or a first time runner, this is your chance to run in an historic race, all while helping families get the housing and support services they need.
Applicants should have:

  • A strong desire to help homeless families with children
  • The physical stamina necessary to run 26.2 miles and the dedication to train for the race
  • A network of family, friends, coworkers, and others who will help you to raise a minimum of $5,000

For the last three years, FamilyAid Boston has partnered with the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program to raise $107,280 to help homeless families.

Last year’s marathon team raised a record $50,000 to help homeless families. This year, we hope to exceed $70,000 with your help!

To Join the Team

Contact Shannon Cain Arnold at shannona@familyaidboston.org or 617-542-7286 X289.

18.  Friends of the Public Garden

The Friends of the Public Garden has been invited once again to participate in the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program which enables organizations to offer athletes marathon race entries in exchange for fundraising. Team Friends of the Public Garden has FOUR guaranteed entries for the 2014 Boston Marathon® scheduled for April 21, 2014. Athletes are required to raise a minimum of $6,000 to support the mission of the Friends to preserve, protect and enhance the Public Garden, the Boston Common and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall.

Due to the incidents at the 2013 Boston Marathon, the 2014 race will be truly unique and very special. Don’t miss out on this chance to be part of this historic race!

Interested athletes should submit an application form as soon as possible. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and prospective team members will be contacted.

To download the Team Friends Athlete Application Form click here.

  • Guaranteed Entry into the 2014 Boston Marathon®
  • Expert marathon training
  • Individual fundraising website for each runner on Crowdrise.com
  • Ongoing fundraising support from Team Friends program staff
  • Team meetings to share fundraising tips, hear advice on nutrition and race day preparation
  • A Team Friends branded race day singlet and training shirt

Pre-race pasta dinner For more information contact: TeamFriends@friendsofthepublicgarden.org

19.  Team Go Far

Beginning later this Fall we will be accepting applications from runners who are interested in running the 2014 Boston Marathon and raising money to help low-income and first-generation students graduate from college! Members of Team Go Far will participate in a marathon training program, meet Bottom Line students and staff, and raise $5,000 (or more!) to support our mission.

If you are interested in joining Bottom Line’s Team Go Far and running the 2014 Marathon, download our application (coming soon) and email or fax it to Bottom Line:

Attn: Team Go Far
Bottom Line
500 Amory Street, Suite 3
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
F: (617) 524-9559
E: ehood@bottomline.org

If you have any questions about the application, don’t hesitate to call Liz Hood at (617) 524-8833 or send an e-mail to ehood@bottomline.org.

 

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