The Boston Athletic Association has doled out 22 invitational entries for the 2020 Boston Marathon to the Town of Wellesley, which like other communities along the race route is privy to these.
Now Wellesley needs to pick which charities (beyond the War Memorial Scholarship Fund) it will in turn give those number to, and then it will be up to the charities to dispense them to runners able to raise $4,500 each.
To be considered for an invitational entry, charities must complete the Wellesley 2020 Marathon Charity Application and return it to the Selectmen’s office by Friday, Oct. 18.
By early November, the Board will review applications and designate which organizations and War Memorial Scholarship Fund runners will receive entries.
Individual runners seeking an invitational entry are welcome to either: (a) complete the Wellesley 2020 Marathon Individual Application indicating interest in running for the War Memorial Scholarship Fund and return it to the Selectmen’s office by Friday, Oct. 18; or (b) connect with a qualified charitable organization recruiting runners.
The Board of Selectmen policy regarding the distribution of these prized entries reserves 2 for Wellesley first responders and 2 for Wellesley residents and/or employees raising money for the War Memorial Scholarship Fund. The remaining entries are available to charities significantly contributing to the town or some population of town residents.
Charities receiving invitational entries are encouraged to give preference to Wellesley residents. Each charity must report the actual amount of funds raised through this initiative.
Applications and additional info about the marathon entries are available now on Wellesley’s town website.