John Hancock Announces Elite Athlete Desiree Davila has withdrawn from 2013 Boston Marathon due to injury

 John Hancock Announces Elite Athlete Desiree Davila has withdrawn from 2013
                        Boston Marathon due to injury

PR Newswire

BOSTON, Dec. 28, 2012

BOSTON, Dec. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Desiree Davila, a member of the 2013
John Hancock Elite Boston Marathon Team has withdrawn from the upcoming April
15 race due to a slow-healing femoral stress fracture of the right leg. The
injury occurred shortly before the 2012 London Olympic Marathon this past
August. Although her recovery is taking longer than expected, Davila said she
is making progress and looks forward to competing in future Boston Marathons.

"Keeping my long term goals in mind, I have made the difficult decision to
withdraw from the running of the 2013 Boston Marathon," said Davila. "At this
time it is in my best interest to fully focus on recovering from my injury and
gradually rebuilding my fitness. Having a major race scheduled, which I am
very passionate about, will only serve to rush the process and as all
marathoners know there are no shortcuts -- in training or recovery. I'd like
to thank John Hancock for the opportunity and their understanding. I look
forward to racing on the roads of Boston again in the future."

Davila placed second at the 2011 Boston Marathon and set a new American course
record of 2:22:38. She then qualified for the 2012 London Olympics with a
second place finish at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

The 2013 Boston Marathon marks the 28^th year of John Hancock's landmark
sponsorship of the legendary race. For additional information about the elite
athlete program and sponsorship, please visit or follow @jhboston26 on

About John Hancock Financial and Manulife Financial Corporation

John Hancock Financial is a unit of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading
Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia,
Canada and the United States. In 2012, John Hancock celebrates 150 years of
serving clients across the United States, while Manulife celebrates its 125^th
anniversary. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and in most of Asia,
and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, Manulife Financial
Corporation offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products
and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees,
agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial
and its subsidiaries were C$515 billion (US$523 billion) as at September 30,
2012. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE,
and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet

The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the
largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers a broad range
of financial products and services, including life insurance, annuities, fixed
products, mutual funds, 401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college
savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about
John Hancock may be found at, and on Facebook, Twitter,
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SOURCE John Hancock Financial

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