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2014 Boston Marathon – The “Unofficial” Charities

September 13, 2013

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

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.)


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 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,

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 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

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.


  • 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 ( “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 or call Susan at 978-852-7891 or visit

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 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
  • 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:

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

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



2014 Boston Marathon – The Official Charities

August 22, 2013

The official 2014 Boston Marathon charities are now listed on the BAA’s website!  Rather than make you, dear reader, have to open up a million tabs, as I have open now, I thought I’d try to make life a little easier for you by putting all the information in one place, on one page.  I will try to keep this updated as applications become available online and deadlines are announced.  Where the name of the charity doesn’t necessarily describe what the charity does, I include a brief description.  If you like what you see here, please be sure to Like my Facebook page so you can get updates as they come in!

1.  Alzheimer’s Association

Angela Floro

The application is online here.  There is a $50 application fee.

As part of our 2014 team, you will receive:

Training Support
Receive a personal training program tailored for your running level, professional coaching, and fully-supported weekly team runs through the Boston 2014 training season.

Fundraising Support
Get fundraising ideas, strategies, support and one-on-one fund raising coaching to help you easily meet and easily exceed your personal commitment!  You’ll also get access to a personal online fundraising site and a press release tailored for publication opportunities in local media.

Team Info Sessions
Get expert advice on training, injury prevention, nutrition, race strategies and more at our monthly meetings in our Watertown, MA office.

Team Gear
Wear your official, complimentary Run to End Alzheimer’s singlet with pride.  In addition, our online store has additional Alzheimer’s team gear at reasonable prices.

Team Recognition
Including special get-togethers during the training season, a pre-race recognition banquet and post-race celebration.

Qualified Runners: Please Join Us!
Each year, qualifiers bring their Boston Marathon Bib number and personal passion to our team to participate as qualified runners on the Run to End Alzheimer’s Team. As a qualified runner, you will receive all the benefits of a charity runner, with a lower fundraising minimum.

Run to End Alzheimer’s Boston Marathon participants are as passionate about the cause as the event. Most have a personal connection with Alzheimer’s disease. That’s why the majority of our runners exceed the charitable fundraising minimum of $4,000 per runner for non-qualified entrants and $1,750 for qualified entrants.

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1B.  American Liver Foundation – Run For Research

Lauren Gainor
Campaign Manager
(617) 527-5600 

·         Applications open Monday, September 9th at 9am – To apply, go, click apply, and submit the application – expect a call or email from a staff member within 5 business days of submitting your application

·         The fundraising minimum is $4,000 – You will be raising these funds throughout the season, with May 21, 2014 being the last day to submit funds (a month after the marathon). Once you register with the team and sign the fundraising commitment form, you are committed to the minimum.

·         There will be a team registration fee ($175) – this will be paid during the online registration process after you’re accepted

·         There will be a B.A.A race entry fee of $325 – this will be due in December (details on payment will be communicated after you’re registered to the team)

2013 Run for Research Team benefits:

  • Access to our seasoned coaches
  • Training plans catered to specific ability levels
  • Saturday team runs
  • Two long runs on the Boston Marathon® course
  • Team meetings at the Westin Copley
  • Team socials
  • Personalized fundraising webpage
  • Fundraising workshops and assistance
  • Discounted hotel rooms at the Westin Copley
  • Pre-Marathon team brunch celebration
  • Luxury buses to the start line
  • Post-Marathon Party
  • Post-Marathon complementary showers and massages
  • Race day singlet
  • Team gear
  • Dedicated Event Manager

To apply: visit the application page.  Decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

2.  American Red Cross

Nicole Marcotte

Team Red Cross is proud to partner with coach Dan Fitzgerald and Heartbreak Hill Running Company to provide expert training and guidance for our runners.

The application process for Team Red Cross 2014 opens on Monday, September 9th.  The application may be found here.  Completed applications will be reviewed and runners will be accepted to the team on a rolling basis. There is a $4,000 fundraising minimum required for each bib provided to the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts by the Boston Athletic Association Charity Program. There is a $40 application fee to apply.

Team Red Cross welcomes qualified runners join our 2014 team! A $1,500 fundraising minimum applies for qualified runners. A registration form is available upon request.

3.  Best Buddies

Marathon Coalition Member

The mission of Best Buddies is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendship, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  To accomplish this mission, Best Buddies Massachusetts works directly with more than 105 school-based chapters throughout the Commonwealth, and 60 employers throughout Greater Boston.

Craig S. Welton

The team application may be found here.  All sections of the application must be completed and returned by October 31st, or applications will continue to be accepted until all spots are full. Upon submission of electronic applications, Best Buddies Massachusetts will automatically charge a $40 application fee.  A minimum donation of $4,000 is required to join the Best Buddies Boston Marathon® Team and receive an individual entry for the 2014 Boston Marathon®. A non-refundable deposit of $100 will be charged to your credit card once you have been accepted onto the team, verifying your ac­ceptance. The deposit of $100 will be applied toward your fundraising minimum and holds a Boston Marathon number in your name until February 1, 2014, when the remaining balance is due, unless prior arrangements have been made.

4.  Boston Bruins Foundation

The Boston Bruins Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation whose mission is to assist charitable organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children throughout New England. Since its inception in July 2003 by the Jacobs Family, it has raised more than $12 million dollars through a series of fundraising events. The Foundation, which provides grants to organizations that meet the standards of its mission, concentrates on athletics, academics, health, and community outreach programs that assist in helping enrich the lives of children throughout New England.

Erin McEvoy

You can download the application here: Boston Bruins Foundation Application.  The deadline to apply is October 15.

5.  Boston Children’s Hospital

Ali Lewinter

Team Benefits:

  • access to experienced coaches & a detailed training program
  • indoor meeting facility near the starting line on race day
  • team clinics and receptions
  • opportunity to partner with a Boston Children’s patient for inspiration
  • the knowledge that you are supporting Boston Children’s Hospital

6.  Boys And Girls Clubs of Dorchester

Kirsten Nelson

Interested in running the Boston Marathon? Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is an official charity of the Boston Athletic Association and has 15 bib numbers for the 2014 Boston Marathon.

Download the application here.

All team members are required to:

  • Raise a minimum of $4,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester
  • Pay a $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Pay a $100 non- refundable deposit to cover the Boston Marathon Charity Program Invitational Entry Fee
  • Pay a $325 non-refundable registration fee to the Boston Athletic Association
  • Be 18 years or older before April 21, 2014
  • Be capable of running a marathon in less than six (6) hours

Benefits of joining the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester Marathon Team:

  • Participate in the world-famous Boston Marathon
  • Join a running group, specifically designed for non-profit team members, and receive coaching, advice from experienced runners, weekly practice runs, events and an organized training schedule for the marathon
  • Have your own fundraising webpage and access to fundraising training, support and tips to be successful
  • Special discount at local sports store
  • Social gatherings and periodic meetings with teammates
  • Team apparel
  • Make a difference in the lives of 4,000 members!

7.  Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dana-Farber Running Programs
Toll-free 800.551.7036

Team Requirements:

  • $4,000 minimum fundraising commitment, though the stated goal is to raise an average of $8,400/runner
  • Team Fee: $75 (independent of race entry fee and billed during registration)
  • $250 deposit towards $575 race entry fee.  $250 due upon registration, remaining $325 to be paid at a later date, all sent to the BAA.  [Editor’s Note: The $575 appears, for the moment, to be limited to DFMC runners, but I have confirmed that it is the race entry DFMC is saying is required.  I have not seen this figure associated with any other charity.]

8.  Cops For Kids With Cancer

Cops For Kids With Cancer is a charity that gives  money directly  to families who are dealing with the challenge of having a child sick with cancer.  The volunteer charity board  consists primarily of Police Officers and/or retired Police Officers who want each family to feel the positive reinforcement that someone else cares.  These families are each awarded $5000 to help relieve the stress of financial burdens and hopefully put a small smile on their face.  If you can imagine, you can understand. Cops For Kids With Cancer does not have salaries or expense accounts, all monies are returned to the families in need.

William Coulter

9.  Camp Shriver at UMASS-Boston

For the past eight years, Camp Shriver at the University of Massachusetts Boston has welcomed over 800 children, half with and half without intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 8-12, from low income families in the Boston area to a free inclusive summer sports camp.  Camp Shriver’s mission is to use sports as a vehicle to bring children with and without disabilities together so that they have the opportunity to develop their motor and social skills, create positive peer relationships and make new friends.

Barbara Gildea

Camp Shriver will begin accepting applications for Team Camp Shriver, as part of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon Charity Program for 2014, on September 9th. The application can be downloaded here.  The application fee is $40.

Members of Team Camp Shriver will raise $4,000-$6,000 to help low-income children with and without disabilities participate in an inclusive summer sports program. Together, we will ensure that all children, with and without disabilities, have an opportunity to learn, grow and have fun as equals.

Members will receive access to:

– a comprehensive marathon training program with the support of a professional running coach in partnership with several other Boston Marathon charities,

– sponsored weekly training runs, including water stops and a 21-mile long run from Hopkington into Boston,

– kick-off event on November 27th at the Museum of Science and Marathon Day amenitities including a meeting room at the Westin Copely hotel near the finish line,

– fundraising support, including a fundraising event hosted by Camp Shriver for runners to use for their fundraising goals,

– weekly posts on the Chasing Unicorns blog from running/fundraising professionals for support and encouragement,

– Camp Shriver running gear, and

– additional team meetings and events to be announced!

10.  Cam Neely Foundation

The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care, The Neely House, and The Neely Cancer Fund exist for one reason – to help cancer patients and their families during their treatment.

Danielle LaVoie

11.  Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism

The goal of the Flutie Foundation is to improve the quality of life for people and families affected by autism.  We are dedicated to increasing the awareness of autism and the unique challenges of families who are faced with it everyday.  Funds raised by Dougie’s Marathon Team will be put toward supporting these families by helping them find the resources they need and by funding advocacy programs as well as educational, therapeutic and recreational opportunities.

Susan Hurley

The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation’s application can be found here.  There is a $35 application fee and applications are due by December 1, 2013 or as long as spots remain on the team.  Decisions will be made on a rolling basis.  There is a $4,000 minimum fundraising requirement.  Completed applications should be sent to the address below or e-mailed to

Susan Hurley
52 Russell St.
North Andover, MA 01845

12.  Dream Big

The mission of Dream Big! is to help low-income and homeless girls achieve their dreams by providing the basic items necessary to enable them to participate in sports and physical activities helping to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles and quality learning experiences.

Linda Driscoll
888.291.7664 ext 701

This year’s goal is to raise an average of $6,000 per runner. Set your fundraising sights high — beyond the basic commitment — and give your fundraising plan careful and serious consideration, as this plan is an integral part of your application.  The application can be found here.

Team Requirements for Dream Big! Marathon Team Numbers

  • $40 non-refundable team registration fee
  • $4,000 basic fundraising commitment (amount set by the B.A.A.)
  • $300 race entry fee (amount set by the B.A.A.)

Team Requirements for Runners With Their Own Marathon Number

  • $40 team registration fee
  • $1000 basic fundraising commitment

Dream Big! Team Members receive

  • A personal fundraising web page and on-line tools that make fundraising easy
  • An invite to Dream Big! Sports Gala & Auction
  • A training program designed by an experienced marathon coach
  • Weekly training group runs and presentations beginning in December
  • Dream Big! apparel and team singlet
  • Fundraising recognition items
  • The opportunity to run for a Dream Big! athlete or program
  • And much more!

Registration Opens September 9th, 2013 and Deadline to apply is October 31, 2013 or until all spots are filled.

13.  Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

Ryan Tollefson

14.  Franklin Park Coalition

The Franklin Park Coalition brings diverse park constituents together to advocate for and steward the park, working on park management and maintenance, woodlands restoration, public safety, and cultural programming. Funds raised through the B.A.A. Boston Marathon Charity Program will help the Franklin Park Coalition provide excellence in athletic endeavors including restoration of the cross-country track, basketball courts, and Ellicottdale little league diamond. Funds will also support the Summer Youth Conservation Crew, which provides educational, athletic, and work opportunities for underserved local high school students.

Julie Arrison

The team application may be found here.  There is a $35 application fee.

15.  Hale Reservation

Utilizing an amazing 1,130 acre natural resource, Hale Reservation develops youth leaders and stewards for the natural environment through year-round outdoor education opportunities. In the summer, over 4,400 children from 70 communities in Greater Boston attend camps; between 800-900 come from Boston. During the year, over 7,000 children visit Hale for education based programs. Through challenge course activities, a natural classroom setting, and creative educational programming children are encouraged to develop their own unique leadership style and discover a connection to nature.

Paula McLaughlin
781.326.1770  x18

The application may be found here, there is a $35 application fee.  Applications will be reviewed immediately and the program anticipates sending out notifications by October 15.

16.  John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton

The John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton is an Official Charity Partner with the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) in 2012, 2013, and 2014! As part of the program, each year just fifteen runners will represent the Boys & Girls Club of Newton and raise $7,500, or more, towards the overall fundraising goal of $250,000. Funds raised through the B.A.A. Boston Marathon Charity Program will help provide quality educational programs and athletic activities for Club members so that they are equipped with the crucial skills needed to become healthy, fit and successful adults.

Call or email Dave Sellers at 617-630-2066 or for an application. Please see below for details.

The Club has an application and interview process, with running times as only part of the equation. A genuine affinity for the organization, ambassadorship, and commitment to helping youth and B.A.A.’s shared mission to promote fitness through athletics will also be considered. Applications are only for athletes who are capable of running a marathon in less than six hours and additionally agree to meet the minimum fundraising requirement. The Boys & Girls Club’s goal for each runner is $7,500 or more. A $40 non-refundable application fee must be provided upon submission. If selected to join the team a $400 race entry fee will be charged and paid to the BAA on your behalf. All fees do not count towards $7,5000 fundraising goal.

17.  JDRF

Funds raised through the B.A.A. Boston Marathon Charity Program will be directed by JDRF toward funding research to find a cure for diabetes and its complications and to develop transformative treatments that enable people with type 1 diabetes to live healthier, safer lives until that cure is found.  In addition, the funds will support JDRF’s local Outreach programs for individuals and families with a type 1 diabetes connection.  Together, we can deliver better treatments and eventually a cure.  Partnering with JDRF holds the promise of helping to bring about the day when type 1 diabetes does not exist.

Alan Kwan

18.  The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Massachusetts Chapter (Team In Training)

Colleen Murphy

The TNT application can be found here.

Why run with the TEAM?
All Team In Training (TNT) runners will enjoy:

  • Boston Marathon entry fee paid by Team In Training ($325 savings).
  • Individualized coaching from certified coaches with multiple years experience coaching for Boston Marathon.
  • Weekly group training runs on the Boston Marathon course, supported by volunteers at water stops and cheer stations.
  • Weekly track workouts in the Boston-metro area.
  • Personalized fundraising website, as well as multiple fundraising resources based on our 25 year old fundraising program.
  • Mentoring from past participants.
  • Inspirational pasta party and victory celebration.

Need a Number?
Do you want to run the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014? As a member of Team In Training you can complete the historic and prestigious course while helping advance and accelerate a cure for cancer! Open to athletes of all abilities* including first time marathoners, veterans and qualified runners who do not receive race entry from the BAA.

      Requirements for TNT Runners (Non-Waivered)
     -$150 registration fee
-$4,000 fundraising commitment (as set by the B.A.A.)

19.  Museum of Science

Support raised through the Museum’s Boston Marathon® team has enabled Traveling Programs to purchase new fleet vehicles, a star-lab portable planetarium, and more. Our runners help us fund scholarships for schools across New England and develop exciting new interactive programs for students of all ages. To learn more about the Museum’s team, our coach and Traveling Programs, please visit our website.

The team application can be found here.  There is a $50 application fee and applications are due no later than November 20, 2013.

Meaghen Breithaupt

Acceptances to our team are made on a rolling basis. Our team coordinator will contact you upon receipt of application for follow up conversation—we want to get to know our team members! All accepted Museum of Science Boston Marathon team members commit to raise a minimum of $4,000, and are required to provide a valid credit card to ensure their place on the team. A non-refundable $100 team fee is required of all accepted team members.

20.  Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

Jane Hoffmann

The team application may be found here.

21.  Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center

The mission of the The Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center is to create a home away from home for children and adults with disabilities, a place that offers parents time off from the emotional and physical care needed by their children. The Respite Center now provides intensive support services for families including daycare, after school care, adult day programs, overnight respite care, supervised residential placements and community employment supports.

To apply to be a member of Team Respite please contact Brandon Rhoads at or call (508)435-1222.

22.  Melanoma Foundation of New England

The Melanoma Foundation of New England was founded in 1999 to reduce the incidence of melanoma in the New England region.  We provide support and advocacy programs for melanoma patients and their loved ones and work to increase public awareness of sun-safe behavior and the importance of early detection.  Since our first runner crossed the finish line in 2005, our Running for Cover marathon team has raised over $1,000,000 to support our mission of education, prevention and support in the fight against melanoma.  Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.  If caught early, most melanomas can be cured. Our goal is to make New England melanoma free.

Amy Mason

The team application may be found here.

Team Benefits:

  • Guaranteed Race Entry for the 2014 Boston Marathon
  • Celebratory team events with Running for Cover members
  • Exclusive team training clinics and Fitcorp marathon training program
  • Training support from seasoned marathoners, Kevin Morrison and Dr. Robin Travers
  • Meet and Greet with Honorary Team Captain, four time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers
  • Fundraising tools and support to help your exceed your fundraising goals. Additionally, you will have a unique fundraising website where you can share your story and accept secure online donations.
  • Private pre-race team space in Hopkinton where runners can stretch, eat and get ready for their run
  • Fundraising contests and incentives
  • Exclusive Running for Cover apparel
  • Cheering section for family members and supporters along marathon course
  • Sunscreen and Lip balm for protected running
  • The knowledge that you are running to support MFNE’s mission of education, prevention and support!
  • and more!

Requirements for invitational runners:

Invitational runners have not received an official race entry through another source.

  • Raise a minimum of $4,000 by May 1, 2014. While the required minimum is set at $4,000 per runner, additional consideration will be given to runners who are willing to make a more aggressive fundraising commitment.
  • Submit a non-refundable $15 application fee upon apply to the team. If accepted, this fee will be applied towards your fundraising.
  • Submit a non-refundable $100 processing fee and valid credit card information upon acceptance to the team. This fee will not be applied towards your fundraising.
  • Pay a BAA race application fee of $325 in addition to your fundraising minimum.
  • 18 years of age or older by April 21, 2014.
  • Capable of running a marathon in less than 6 hours.

23.  National Multiple Sclerosis Society

To inquire about registering for Marathon Strides Against MS, please email or call the Chapter at 1-800-344-4867.

The application may be found here.  There is a $25 application fee.  If accepted,the fee will be credited towards the $75 team fee.

24.  New England Aquarium

Our hands-on, traveling education programs reach 45,000 children in diverse communities every year. Funds raised through the marathon team will be used to support these outreach programs, giving children and families from underserved neighborhoods what is often their first experience with marine life, including touch tidepools and free Aquarium admission. Each program incorporates conservation messages to help area youth understand the importance of nature, why they need to help protect the oceans and the simple things they can do to make a difference. The programs also encourage young people to be active in the natural world.

Holli Flaherty

The team application may be found here.  The online application process must be completed no later than October 25th but team members will be selected on a rolling basis beginning on September 10.

25.  New England Patriots Foundation

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the nonprofit organization established by the Kraft family in 1994 to support charitable and philanthropic agencies throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants and the donation of signed memorabilia to charitable causes, as well as from Patriots players who offer their support by appearing at charity functions throughout the year. In 2012, the Foundation will work to raise volunteerism awareness through the Celebrate Volunteerism initiative.

Susan Hurley

26.  Red Sox Foundation

The official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation harnesses the power of Red Sox Nation to support select programs serving at risk children and families across New England. The Foundation’s efforts are primarily focused on our cornerstone programs, including the Red Sox Scholars Program, which provides mentoring, enrichment programs and a college scholarship to academically talented but economically disadvantaged Boston public school students, and the Red Sox Foundation’s RBI and Rookie League youth baseball and softball programs serving inner city children and teens each summer. The team charity also supports the new Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat stress and traumatic brain injury, The Dimock Center in Roxbury, serving more than 40,000 low-income families in Boston’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods as well as The Jimmy Fund, supporting breakthrough cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Gena Borson

27.  Tenacity

Founded in 1999, Tenacity, Inc. serves over 5,000 City of Boston students annually with high quality programs that impart the skills and resilience needed for under-served youth to lead productive, successful lives.  The Tenacity Pathway to Post-Secondary Success is comprised of year-round programs serving students aged six through college graduation with academic enrichment, tennis instruction and competition, and other life enhancing experiences.  Over 98% of our Middle School Academy graduates earn their high school diploma; 70% of those students pursue post secondary academics.  Funds raised through the B.A.A. Boston Marathon Official Charity Program directly support the free programs Tenacity, Inc. offers City of Boston youth.

The application can be found here.  There is a $50 application fee.  Decisions will be made on a rolling basis until December 31.

28.  American Stroke Association – Tedy’s Team

“Tedy’s Team,” is a group of runners raising money for the American Stroke Association through their training for the Boston Marathon® and many other major road races.  Their participation supports Tedy Bruschi’s fight against stroke and honors both the survivors and the loved ones lost to America’s No. 4 leading cause of death. Tedy’s Team is striving to reach as many people as possible in its message of recognizing the warning signs and acting appropriate when seeing them – calling 9-1-1 immediately.

Zachary Blackburn

The 2014 team application may be found here.  The minimum fundraising requirement is $5,000.