Benefits & Requirements

Team Eye and Ear

Now in our 11th year of partnership with John Hancock Financial Services, the lead sponsor of the Boston Marathon®, Team Eye and Ear has raised more than $3.6 million to benefit patient care and research at Mass. Eye and Ear. In 2015 alone, the 55 members of Team Eye and Ear braved the elements to raise more than $600,000, a team-best total to date. Join us for the 2016 Boston Marathon® on Monday, April 18, as we continue our run for patient care and research at Mass. Eye and Ear. 

As a member of Team Eye and Ear, you will raise hope for a healthier future for people everywhere who suffer from debilitating conditions affecting sight, hearing, voice, balance, taste and smell, and cancers of the eye, head and neck.

Apply to join Team Eye and Ear 2016.

Team Benefits:

  • Guaranteed race entry for the 2016 Boston Marathon®. ("Invitational Entry" Runners only.)
  • Team kick-off and celebratory events with marathon legend Kathrine Switzer and other Team Eye and Ear members.
  • Access to an exclusive marathon training program and clinics, designed by a professional running coach, to help you get from Hopkinton to Copley Square. The program is customized to benefit anyone, from first-time runners to veteran marathoners. Training program highlights include weekly group runs, exclusive training clinics and detailed daily manuals.
  • A convenient heated indoor meeting facility with restrooms near the starting line on race day.
  • A designated team cheering section at mile 19 along the marathon route for your friends and family.
  • The knowledge that you are making a difference in the lives of others by raising money for an important cause!
  • You will receive fundraising and training tools and support through workshops, one-on-one coaching, the Team Eye and Ear online fundraising resource library, team e-newsletters and more. You will also have the opportunity to set up your own personal website, where you can share your story and securely accept online donations.
  • Exclusive Team Eye and Ear apparel and gear!

Team Requirements for "Invitational Entry" Runners

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

  • Raise a minimum of $8,000 by May 18, 2016, to support Mass. Eye and Ear or pay the balance in full yourself.
    While the required fundraising minimum is set at $8,000 per runner for invitation entry, preference will be given to applicants who are willing to commit to a higher fundraising commitment of $10,000 or more to help us achieve our 2016 team fundraising goal of $500,000. In 2015, Team Eye and Ear invitational entry runners raised an average of $11,430 each.
  • Submit a non-refundable $100 deposit and credit card number upon acceptance to the team. This deposit will apply toward your fundraising goal.
  • Pay the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) $350 race application fee in addition to the fundraising minimum.
  • 18 years of age or older by April 18, 2016.
  • Capable of running a marathon in less than six (6) hours

Apply to join Team Eye and Ear 2016.

Team Requirements for "Own Entry" Runners

Runners who have received an official Boston Marathon bib number from another source are encouraged to join Team Eye and Ear.

  • Raise a minimum of $1,500 by May 18, 2016 to support Mass. Eye and Ear or pay the balance in full yourself. While the required minimum is set at $1,500 per runner, we will work with each team member to set a personal fundraising goal. In 2015, Team Eye and Ear "Own Entry" Runners raised an average of $5,735 each.
  • Submit a non-refundable $100 deposit and credit card number upon acceptance to the team. This deposit will apply toward your fundraising goal.

Apply to join Team Eye and Ear 2016.