The Friends of the Public Garden is once again part of the John Hancock Nonprofit Marathon program for the 2014 Boston Marathon® and has received entries for the race. The Friends is seeking athletes to join “Team Friends of the Public Garden” for the big race next year. In exchange for an official entry into the marathon, athletes will be required to raise funds to support the mission of the Friends which is to preserve, protect and enhance the Boston Common, the Public Garden and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Team members will receive training, clothing, fundraising support and other benefits. To download a marathon application visit: www.friendsofthepublicgarden.org and click on the link. Contact TeamFriends@friendsofthepublicgarden.org or call (617)723-8144 to have an application emailed to you.