2020 Mass General Marathon Team
The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced that the 124th Boston Marathon will be held as a virtual event, following Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s cancellation of the marathon as a mass participation road running event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual Boston Marathon will be complemented by a series of virtual events throughout the second week of September. To read John Hancock's full statement, click here.
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Thanks to longtime support of John Hancock, the Mass General Marathon Program continues to grow more successful each year since its inception in 1998. Because of John Hancock’s generosity, Mass General is the proud recipient of entries for the 2020 Boston Marathon® supporting Pediatric Cancer, Emergency Medicine, and Home Base.
EMERGENCY RESPONSEWe deliver world-class care when you need it most. The Emergency Response runners' fundraising efforts support programs to help us stay prepared for emergencies.
PEDIATRIC CANCERJoin our Team to support the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Cancer program that provides world-class care for young cancer patients.
HOME BASEWe raise funds to provide care and support to our Veterans, Service Members and their Families that are dealing with the invisible wounds of war.
2021 Interest Form
Are you interested in running the 125th Boston Marathon® in April 2021 as part of the Mass General Marathon Team? Complete the interest form below to be notified when our application is open.
2020 Mass General Marathon Team Long Sleeve Shirt
For 2020, we’re a rolling out a brand new look and feel! Show your support for the Mass General Marathon Team today by purchasing this year’s limited edition long sleeve shirt!
Commemorate our team’s efforts in the 124th Boston Marathon® and show the world what Boston and Mass General mean to you. All proceeds from these shirt sales will benefit the causes of the Mass General Marathon Team: Pediatric Cancer, Emergency Response and Home Base.
Why run with Mass General?
Being a runner on the Mass General Marathon Team is a unique opportunity to support important causes while training and participating in one of the most prestigious road races in the world. What makes the MGH experience special is the culture we’ve established with our runners, staff and partners that brings everyone closer throughout the training season. We welcome any and all to join our team and make a difference while running the race of a lifetime!
From our first Boston Marathon® in 1998, John Hancock has supported Mass General’s Boston Marathon Program and helped raised more than $18 million.
John Hancock-Mass General Marathon Partnership is Powerful Source of Support
John Hancock’s partnership with the Mass General Marathon Program continues to be a strong and unwavering source of key funding for hospital programs. For 23 years, John Hancock has provided Mass General runners with invitational entries for the Boston Marathon, as well as an opportunity to fundraise on behalf of the hospital.
Learn more about John Hancock’s support of the Boston Marathon and other community programs on the John Hancock website.
A Great Way to Make a Major Impact
Since 2014, vineyard vines has created a line of Wicked Strong t-shirts to benefit the Mass General Marathon Program. 30% of all Wicked Strong sales go directly to the Marathon Program. vineyard vines’ generous support of these programs helps to raise critical support for children with pediatric cancer, emergency preparedness, disaster medicine and veterans care.
Thank you to our corporate sponsor, vineyard vines!
Corporate support has always played an important role in the success of the Mass General Boston Marathon® Program, which is made possible by John Hancock. In recognition of their valuable contributions, companies are acknowledged on the team website, in the hospital e-newsletter, at team events and on runner singlets. Businesses can also sponsor a team event, sponsor a cheering section along the route on race day, or provide donations in-kind to show support for the Mass General Marathon Program.
To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact us today.
READY WHEN SECONDS COUNT
In 2014, the Mass General Marathon Team received additional entries to raise money for MGH’s Emergency Response Department in recognition of the lifesaving response of hospital employees following the 2013 Boston Marathon® bombings. The MGH runners supporting Emergency Medicine have raised more than $2.3 million in six years, providing critical funding to the hospital’s emergency medicine and disaster preparedness efforts that benefit victims worldwide. Marathon funds support the training and resources needed to develop a carefully integrated response that spans multiple departments throughout the hospital and ensures that Mass General is ready for the next disaster – be it man-made or natural.
“We have 40 runners running for Emergency Response,” says David Brown, MD, chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mass General. “In Emergency Medicine, we pride ourselves on being ready to respond at a moment’s notice. Our motto is: ‘anyone, anything, anytime.’”
At Mass General, we take emergency planning very seriously. Preparing for that next disaster takes thoughtful training and lots of practice. Donors are critical to our success. Time spent training is not covered by insurance and often takes place outside work hours. Money raised by the Mass General Emergency Response Team allows Mass General to be ready . . . when second’s count.
Fighting Kids’ Cancer… One Step At A Time
Since 1998, with the partnership of John Hancock, the Mass General Marathon Team was founded with the purpose of “Fighting Kids’ Cancer…. One Step at a Time” and has raised over $15.5 million to support the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Cancer program. Funds raised are directed to cancer care and research initiatives that will lead to improvements in cure rates and enhance the quality of life for the hospital’s youngest cancer patients.
Runners who support our pediatric cancer mission are a diverse and dedicated group of individuals. They are Mass General doctors, nurses, hospital personnel, parents and relatives of our patients, cancer survivors, friends and anyone whose life has been impacted by cancer and wants to make a difference. Most importantly, the team is a partnership with our patients, who are fighting childhood cancer every day and hoping for a cure. They are the true heroes of the Marathon Team because they are running the biggest race of all: the race to a full recovery from cancer.
Healing The Invisible Wounds of War
After a successful debut in 2019, the Home Base runners are back for a second year of raising funds to help heal the invisible wounds of war for veterans, service members and their families.
Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, is dedicated to supporting Veterans, Service Members and their Families through world-class clinical care, wellness, education and research. As a National Center of Excellence, Home Base operates the first and largest private-sector clinic in the nation devoted to healing invisible wounds such as post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression, co-occurring substance use disorder, military sexual trauma, family relationship challenges and other issues associated with service.
Since its inception, Home Base has provided care and support to more than 24,000 Veterans and Family Members and provided more than 79,000 training sessions for clinicians, educators, first responders and community members – all at no cost.
In the words of Team Captain General (ret.) Jack Hammond “Today we are able to treat hundreds of thousands of people, but we still lose more than 20 veterans each day, and we’ve lost 100,000 veterans to suicide since 9/11. That is a staggering number. It is an epidemic. We’re here to help try to stem the tide of veterans committing suicide.”
Run for MGH Program
Do you have your own qualified entry in the Boston Marathon but still wish to raise funds for a cause that is special to you? Consider the Run for MGH program!
Every year, dozens of runners participate in the Boston Marathon as part of the Run for MGH program. Run for MGH aims to raise funds for Massachusetts General Hospital programs that are near and dear to these runners’ hearts.
As part of Run for MGH, runners will receive fundraising support, a team singlet, an invitation to a 20-mile long team run and more as they prepare for Marathon Monday, September 14, 2020.
If you are interested in participating in the #Run4MGH Program, please visit our website for more information.
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