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Join Perkins' Boston Marathon® Team

A 26.2–mile race doesn't begin with a single step. It begins with a goal. For members of the Perkins Boston Marathon charity team, the goal is to raise funds to help children and adults who are blind gain the skills and independence needed to achieve their greatest potential. If you're up for the challenge, you can apply to join Team Perkins.

Applications for our 2015 Boston Marathon Team are now available. If you or someone you know is interested in running for Perkins, please fill out our online application form or download our accessible version and submit a completed copy to Natalie.Matisis@Perkins.org by Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

Perkins is proud to partner with the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program for the 119th B.A.A. Boston Marathon, which will be held on Patriots' Day, Monday, April 20, 2015.

John Hancock

Team Benefits 

  • Access to adaptive indoor and outdoor running tracks, gyms and meeting facilities located at Perkins School for the Blind.
  • Invitations to student events, such as our annual holiday concert, along with handmade gifts from our students.
  • Special Dinner at Perkins School for the Blind prior to race day.
  • A personal web site where you can share your story and securely accept online donations.
  • Exclusive Perkins 2015 Boston Marathon Team apparel.
  • Top fundraiser by February 1, 2015 will receive two tickets to Perkins Night at the Celtics 2014-2015 Boston Celtics home game.
  • Top overall fundraiser will receive two tickets to our annual Perkins Possibilities Gala on May 7, 2015.

Team Requirements for "Invitational Entry" Runners 

Invitational Entry runners do not have to meet the time requirements set by the B.A.A.

  • Raise a minimum of $5,000 by May 1, 2015 to support Perkins or pay the balance in full yourself. While the required minimum is set at $5,000 per runner, we encourage all team members to set higher personal goals. The dedication and energy of our Marathon Team helps ensure that Perkins can provide life-changing programs for children and adults who are blind to help them lead productive, meaningful lives.
  • Submit a non-refundable $100 deposit and credit card number upon acceptance to the team. This deposit will apply toward your fundraising goal.
  • Pay a $325 Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) race application fee in addition to the fundraising minimum upon acceptance to the team.
  • 18 years of age or older by April 20, 2015.
  • Capable of running a marathon in less than six (6) hours.

Team Requirements for "Own Entry" Runners

Runners who have received an official Boston Marathon bib number from another source or have secured official entry through the B.A.A. are encouraged to join the 2015 Perkins Marathon Team.

  • Raise a minimum of $1,000 by May 1, 2015 to support Perkins or pay the balance in full yourself. While the required minimum is set at $1,000 per runner, we will work with each "own entry" runner to set a personal fundraising goal.
  • Submit a non-refundable $100 deposit and credit card number upon acceptance to the team. This deposit will apply toward your fundraising goal.

Have a Question?

For more information about the 2015 Perkins Marathon Team, please contact Natalie Matisis, Special Events Coordinator, at 617-972-7831 or email Natalie.Matisis@Perkins.org.