In 1989, the Boston Marathon, which is a program of a the nonprofit Boston Athletic Association, first accepted teams running for charity. That year, runners raised a total of $6,000. Last year's race donations totaled $21 million. And with so many people running to support charities related to the 2013 bombing – such as Team MR8 which supports the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation - it is anticipated that this year's donations will exceed last year's record. It will be interesting to learn the final fundraising figure after today's race is run.
We wish all the runners the best of luck today!