Wellesley is now accepting requests from charities to receive invitational numbers for the 2108 Boston Marathon that they can use to raise funds for their causes. The town, like other communities along the marathon route, gets a handful of these invitational numbers, which enable runners to take part in the race if they can raise at least $4K even if they don’t qualify for the race based on qualifying times.
At an upcoming meeting, the Board of Selectmen will review the applications and designate certain charities to receive a specified number of entries.
Charities interested in receiving invitational entries should complete the application and return it to the Selectmen’s office by Wednesday, November 15. Note that we have asked each charity to indicate on the application how many runners the charity representatives expect they can recruit by December 31st.
Individual runners who are interested in obtaining an invitational entry are welcome to either; (a) encourage a charity of their choice to submit an application; or, (b) submit their name to the Selectmen’s office to be kept apprised of the charities designated to receive entries.
In designating the charities to receive an allocation of entries, the Selectmen will give preference to charities that benefit Wellesley residents and programs. Charities that receive invitational entries are similarly encouraged to give preference to Wellesley residents.