FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oxfam Joins The Edinburgh Marathon Team
Following last month's record-breaking eighth running of the Edinburgh
Marathon Festival Oxfam will become the event's principal charity partner
for the next three years.
The Edinburgh Marathon Festival organisers are delighted that Oxfam, one of
the world's most renowned charities, has added Scotland's biggest marathon
to its running events portfolio.
Antonia Flockhart, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival's partnership manager,
"As well as being a world class sporting event, the Edinburgh Marathon
Festival aims to promote community involvement, health and well-being, so
we see this relationship with Oxfam as a perfect partnership fit for us
because there is a real affinity between the types of people who
participate in marathons and Oxfam's core supporters."
A record 16,822 runners took to the streets of the Scottish capital last
month, participating in the Scottish Half Marathon and the Hairy Haggis
Team Relay, as well as the Edinburgh Marathon itself.
The two organisations see massive mutual benefits in working together, with
Oxfam increasing its involvement in running events this year by also
becoming Virgin London Marathon 2011 Charity of the Year.
The charity, which fights poverty worldwide, aims to have at least 500
people running for them in this high-profile event, which will now be known
as The Edinburgh Marathon Festival in association with Oxfam.
Alicia Donaldson, Oxfam's Running Events Manager, said:
"This is an amazing opportunity for Oxfam. To continue our life-changing
work, like supplying people with safe drinking water or campaigning for
free education for all, we need people to run for us. Being associated with
the Edinburgh Marathon is the ideal platform to ask people to support
Oxfam. It's such a fantastic event and we're going to work with our new
partners to make the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in association with Oxfam
even more special, well-known and respected worldwide."
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