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2018 Boston Marathon raised $36.6 million for charity

Boston, Massachusetts -- 4/17/2017 - Colleen Hansen (C) triumphantly threw her arms out as she crossed the finish line in front of Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon at the finish line of the 121st Boston Marathon. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Marathonpics Reporter:
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Jen Kanyugi, center, triumphantly threw her arms out as she crossed the finish line in front of Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon at the finish line of the 121st Boston Marathon.

Charity runners who participated in the 2018 Boston Marathon raised $36.6 million for good causes, which officials say is a marked increase compared to last year.

Race officials announced Tuesday that this year’s runners represented more than 260 nonprofit organizations, and their fund-raising total included an additional $2.4 million — or a 7 percent increase — over last year’s results.

But it still didn’t surpass the whopping $38 million that was raised in 2014, when interest in the race surged in the wake of the 2013 terrorist bombings.

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The Boston Athletic Association and John Hancock each run programs that provide bibs to runners who pledge to raise a certain amount of money for charity. Over the past 33 years, those two Boston Marathon charity programs have raised more than $333 million, according to officials.

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“Every year it’s gratifying to see the positive impact that the Boston Marathon shares with its surrounding communities,” BAA chief executive Tom Grilk said in a press release. “Many benevolent organizations are helped by these fund-raising efforts, and we’re proud to be associated with their good work. And we’re very thankful to our friends at John Hancock, with whom we proudly reflect on another great year of fund-raising.”

According to the press release, the fund-raising total from the 2018 Marathon included $19.2 million raised through the BAA’s official charity program; $13.1 million raised through John Hancock’s nonprofit program, and $4.3 million from other qualified and invitational runners.

“For the tenth consecutive year, we set a new fund-raising record in the John Hancock program, and we celebrate our nonprofit runners for their commitment and generosity,” John Hancock president and CEO Marianne Harrison said in the press release. “We are proud to continue to leverage our 33-year principal sponsorship of the Boston Marathon to build healthier communities alongside our community partners.”

Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.