This year the Marin Corps Marathon (MCM) charity runners raised over $5 million dollars for 131 charitable organizations. That total is an excess of $1.5 million more than last year’s marathon event.
The MCM held on Oct. 27 in Arlington, VA and throughout the nation's capital hosted 7,100 affiliated runners. Each MCM Charity Partner enlisted between 25 and 750 runners to participate in either the marathon (26.2 mile) or MCM10K (6.2 mile) while raising money for their cause. Many charities required runners to only raise a few hundred dollars in order to participate in "The People's Marathon." But runners enthusiastically superseded charity goals, with some raising as much as $10,000 to $20,000 individually.
One of our runners raised $15,000 this year, which was impressive since we had a $300 fundraising requirement," said Douglas Taggart of Azalea Charities Inc. The Azalea charity team included 248 participants who raised a total of $149,763 at this year's MCM. Azalea Charities provides aid for Wounded Warriors internationally, while also supporting youth and special needs projects in Northern Virginia. The charity has participated in the MCM for the past six years.
The 39th MCM will open online lottery registration to the public on Feb. 23 at www.marinemarathon.com.