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Boston Marathon Economic Impact

by Betsey Lippmeier

Runners in Costume courtesy of boston.com

Runners in Costume courtesy of boston.com

According to the Boston Athletic Association, the Boston Marathon brings in an estimated $137.5 million to the Greater Boston economy during race week. The 2012 Boston Marathon was second only to the 100th anniversary race in economic impact and number of runners. In 1996 there were 38,708 runners and spending impact reached $172 million.

The estimated $137.5 million in spending impact will be generated from the following categories:

• Total spending by 26,700 runners and their guests, including spending at John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo = $92.4 million
• Total spending by spectators = $12 million
• Total spending by the Boston Athletic Association = $7 million
• Charity Fundraising events by marathon runners = $16 million
• Total sponsors & media Marathon-related spending = $10.1 million

TOTAL $137.5 million

Boston Public Library Resources for the Boston Marathon:

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Boston Marathon
How to Qualify

Galloway, Jeff
(Book – 2010)

 

 

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