Boston Marathon Helps Host Cities

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Cities and towns along the race's route are getting ready, but not without some help (Published Saturday, Jan 25, 2014)

    (NECN: John Moroney, Boston) - With one week until Marathon Monday, the communities that surround the race's 26.2-mile route are preparing for the big day.

    While those cities and towns bear the cost of preparation, they are getting some help from the Boston Athletic Association and the race's main sponsor, John Hancock.

    $850,000 will be distributed across the eight communities in an effort to help out. That figure marks a 7-percent increase from last year's BAA contributions.

    "We use that money for police detail overtime, getting the streets ready and prepared, blocking off streets - it's a real way to cover our expenses," said Newton Mayor Setti Warren. "But the marathon actually generates great economic benefits for the city of Newton."

    Newton, the home of the race's famed Heartbreak Hill, will get $80,000.

    Other communities that host the race are hoping for more money in the future, and the BAA says it will meet that demand by increasing contributions over the next three years.

    NECN's John Moroney has more on the story in the attached video.