Boston Marathon runners raise record $38.7 million in 2019

July 9, 2019 GMT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon runners raised a record $38.7 million for 297 charitable organizations this year.

That’s $300,000 more than 2014, when the field expanded to 36,000 people to accommodate those who wanted to run in the year after the finish line bombings.

The 2019 total was also $2 million more than the previous year.

Most of the money was raised through Boston Athletic Association and John Hancock programs that provide nonprofit groups with entries to the race. They provide the bibs to athletes who agree to raise funds for the organization.

Over the past 30 years, B.A.A. and John Hancock’s programs have raised more than $372 million for community-based organizations.