BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On April 16, 2018, nearly 30,000 runners will start the running of the 122nd Boston Marathon®. The 26.2-mile route extends through Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline and Boston. The four runners preparing to run for Many Hopes are El Cerrito, California resident, Jason Draut; Richmond, Virginia resident, Maria Cabanas; Keller, Texas resident, Steven McCullough; and Jim Cleary.
|122nd Boston Marathon®|
|Many Hopes Volunteers –Maria Cabanas, Jim Cleary, Jason Draut, Steven McCullough|
|Monday, April 16, 2018|
These four 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 $12 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 a third year in a row, Many Hopes is honored to have been chosen to participate in John Hancock's Charity Partners program for the 2018 Boston Marathon®,” stated Many Hopes founder Thomas Keown. “Our 2018 Boston Marathon® team of 4 charity runners is raising $50,000 to provide 5 teachers for 125 students for 2018 in our school in coastal Kenya. We are grateful that Jason, Jim, Maria and Steven are taking on this incredible challenge. 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 fifth Boston Marathon® in six years and his third run for Many Hopes. This will be Maria’s third Boston Marathon® in three years and her first run for Many Hopes. It will be Steven’s first Boston Marathon® run.
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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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