FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kimberlee McKee
Road Runner Akron Marathon Introduces Run for Charity! Program
AKRON, Ohio - (June 16, 2005) - The Road Runner Akron Marathon & Team
Relays is offering its long blue line as a fund-raising opportunity for
charitable organizations. The program called Run for Charity! encourages
charities to hold their own fund-raising event within the various race day
events - marathon, five-person team relay, two-person marathon relay or
Kids Fun Run - scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1.
"Many runners have been motivated in the past to compete in races to
raise money for a favorite charity," said Kimberlee McKee, Operations
Director of the Road Runner Akron Marathon. "One of our goals from the very
beginning of the Road Runner Akron Marathon & Team Relays was to give back
to the community. This will give charitable organizations an opportunity to
raise funds within our various running events."
Stewart's Caring Place, where those affected by cancer and their
families find support, resource information and an array of programs and
services, has signed up as the first charity. Don Luscher, Executive
Director of Stewart's Caring Place, said he hopes to raise about $10,000
through the program and is looking to sign up as many as 50 runners to
participate on race day under the Stewart's Caring Place banner.
Organizers are also launching The Road Runner Akron Marathon Team
Business Challenge that encourages businesses to field five-person relay
teams. A component of the program is to get the business teams to run on
behalf of a charitable organization. The teams could select a charity from
the list of organizations enrolled in Run for Charity! or donate the money
they raise to the marathon's own charitable organization.
McKee said businesses and charitable organizations can become
involved in the fund-raising efforts offered by the Road Runner Akron
Marathon & Team Relays by calling the Marathon office at (330) 375-2786 or
by email at . Application forms can be downloaded by
visiting the Road Runner Akron Marathon website at AkronMarathon.org.