BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On April 17, 2017, nearly 30,000 runners will start the running of the 121st Boston Marathon®. The 26.2‐mile route extends through Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline and Boston. Five runners are preparing to run for Many Hopes, including El Cerrito, California resident, Jason Draut; Waterloo, Ontario, Canada resident, Brian Hollas; Miami Beach, Florida resident, Dr. Susan Leitner; Wittenberg, Wisconsin and Boston resident, Andy Long and Roanoke, Texas resident, Philip Ohm.
|121st Boston Marathon|
|Many Hopes Volunteers – Jason Draut, Brian Hollas, Susan Leitner, Andy Long and Philip Ohm|
|Monday, April 17, 2017|
These five are running for Many Hopes through an entry provided by John Hancock. Each year, John Hancock donates guaranteed entries to select nonprofits, which use these entries to recruit individual runners to raise money for their cause. Last year, John Hancock nonprofit runners raised more than $11 million for over 140 different local organizations. For over 30 years John Hancock has been the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon. The Company’s continued support of the Boston Athletic Association, which has directed the race since 1897, ensures that the race will continue to be a world‐class event and an important facet of Boston’s culture and heritage.
“For the second year in a row, Many Hopes is honored to have been chosen to participate in John Hancock's Charity Partners program for the 2017 Boston Marathon,” stated Many Hopes founder Thomas Keown. “Our team of five charity runners are raising over $58,000 which will go directly to support one whole year of happy, healthy childhoods for 14 children in our homes for girls in coastal Kenya. We are grateful that Andy, Brian, Jason, Philip and Susan are taking on the challenge of this marathon. Their sacrifice and the donors who support them will be remembered long after they cross the finish line.”
The Boston Marathon ranks behind only the Super Bowl as the largest single day sporting event in the world. More than 1,100 media members, representing more than 250 outlets, receive credentials annually.
Approximately 500,000 spectators line the 26.2‐mile course annually, making the Marathon New England’s most widely viewed sporting event, according to estimates by police and public safety officials from the eight cities and towns along the route.
This is Jason’s fourth Boston Marathon in five years and Brian’s third Boston Marathon in five years. This will be the first Boston Marathon run for Andy, Philip and Susan.
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About Many Hopes
Many Hopes is a long-term strategic solution to extreme poverty. We rescue girls and boys from abusive situations and raise them with an imagination for justice and the tools to act on it. We provide loving homes, excellent education, and legal advocacy to raise networks of influential adults equipped to defeat the poverty they were born into. Our innovative “Justice Framework” is being piloted in Kenya before replication. Each project is 100% self-sustaining in 10 years. For more information, visit www.manyhopes.org or follow on FaceBook or Twitter @many_hopes.
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