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Virtual Boston Marathon raises more than $32M for charity

October 22, 2020 GMT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon runners raised $32.1 million for charity in the virtual edition of this year’s race, pushing the event’s fundraising total since 1989 to more than $400 million, marathon organizers said Thursday.

The money will go to 242 different nonprofits through the charity programs of the Boston Athletic Association and John Hancock, the race’s top sponsor.

Last year’s race raised a record $38.7 million for charities. Organizers expected to surpass that before the marathon was shifted to a virtual event because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead of 30,000 runners making the trek from Hopkinton to Boston in April, more than 16,000 people from all 50 states and 83 countries covered the required 26.2 miles in their own neighborhoods during a 10-day period in September, organizers said.

“Although this year’s race was different, runners came together to cross their own finish lines and collectively lift up each other and the nonprofits they represent,” John Hancock President and CEO Marianne Harrison said in a statement.