The John Hancock Elite Athlete Team is unique in the industry of road racing. The Company directly recruits, sponsors and hosts the Elite Athlete Team for the Boston Marathon. Since 1986, the Company has invited over 700 elite athletes from 47 countries to compete on Patriots' Day.
Since inception, the program has produced 31 male and 31 female Boston Marathon champions from 11 different countries.
John Hancock has awarded nearly $19 million in prize and bonus money during its sponsorship to the top Open, Masters and Push Rim finishers.
Many of the elite athletes create extra special experiences for fans by participating in community programs in advance of the Marathon and during race week.
During race week, MVP employee volunteers set up an Elite Athlete Village for the athletes. This unique environment is similar to the Olympic Village experience and provides the elites with an opportunity to share meals and become acquainted with each other during their stay in Boston.
The 2016 John Hancock Elite Athlete Team included 37 of the world's best marathon runners. Before arriving to race in Boston, they combined to win more than 89 global marathons including Boston, Chicago, Berlin and Tokyo. For more information about the elite fields assembled for the Boston Marathon, please check out the John Hancock Elite Athlete Section of the 2016 Boston Marathon Media Guide.
In addition to updates and insights from elite athletes to running enthusiasts, you'll also receive tweets about the Boston Athletic Association, our Elite Athlete Program, Non-Profit and Employee Running and Fundraising Programs, and Marathon community initiatives.
Check out some of our favorite elite photos.