From the official press release from Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival:
In 2014 the Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival awarded approximately $20,000 in grants to non-profit organizations and to scholarships for college bound students primarily through its first fundraiser, Racing for Good.
Racing for Good was developed to help individuals and families in the region who are facing difficult circumstances. Some people fall through the cracks of a government program but still need help paying a utility bill, purchasing glasses for their child, or putting food on the table.
The goal was to have a big impact on the selected charities that provide a wide variety of services to children, families, seniors, and individuals: The Adirondack Community Action Programs (ACAP), Helpers Fund, Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY Y, Schroon Lake Central School Back Pack Program, the American Cancer Society, and the ambulance squads that were out on the course on Race day.
The Adirondack Community Action Programs provides many critical programs including after school programs, aging services, child care, employment and training, Head Start/Early Head Start, and Weatherization.
The Helpers Fund assists people facing catastrophic circumstances in their lives and runs the North Warren food pantry
The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York feeds thousands of hungry people throughout Northeastern New York. The Schroon Lake Central School Back Pack Program, in partnership with the Food Bank, provides hungry children with nutritious foods over the weekends during the school year. Implemented in November, the Back Pack Program is serving 15 students through the cooperation of administrators, teachers, custodians and the Board of Education. They plan to expand the program next year.
The American Cancer Society provides information and support to local patients and their families. Over 50% of new cancers in the local regional include lung and bronchus cancers, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer.
The Adirondack Marathon provided funds for local ambulance squads and awarded four $2,000 scholarships to college-bound graduates from Schroon Lake Schools and North Warren Central School.
2015 Registration for the Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival opens on January 25th. Offering a Marathon, Half Marathon, 2 & 4 Person Marathon Relay, 5 & 10K and Kids Fun Run. Next year’s races are on the weekend of September 26 & 27th. Go toadirondackmarathon.org for more information and to register. Adirondack Marathon, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Organizers plan to continue this program for the 2015 marathon. Runners were offered free registration if they raised at least $399 for Racing for Good.