Race continues to support local organizations’ fundraising efforts

AKRON, Ohio (April 4, 2014) – The Akron Marathon, presented by Time Warner Cable, has selected 10 local non-profits as charity partners for the 2014 Blue Line Charity Program for the 12th running this fall. The Akron Marathon has 15,000 runners, 3,000 volunteers and nearly 100,000 spectators, giving these charities a large promotional audience.

The organizations participating as charity partners this year are: Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, Boys and Girls Club of the Western Reserve, Catholic Charities, Child Guidance and Family Solutions, Ears to You, Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center, Patriot Runners, Rahab Ministries, Trample ALS and Victory Gallop, Inc. Know Your Purpose Akron Chapter will participate as a “Helping Hands” partner, providing volunteers for the event.

“As evidenced by the mission of the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation, raising money to benefit local charities is very important to our organization,” says Anne Bitong, Akron Marathon Executive Director. “We are pleased to have these wonderful organizations as part of our 2014 Blue Line Charity Program. Each and every one of them is making a difference in the greater Akron community on a daily basis.”

Joining the Blue Line Charity Program allows these local groups to use the Akron Marathon as a fundraiser without having to plan and organize an event themselves. Each charity is asked to recruit runners, volunteers and raise funds for their organization. All of the funds raised by each charity will go directly back to support their respective cause.

Race participants, spectators, volunteers and community members are encouraged to support the Blue Line Charity Partners by volunteering or making a donation to one or more of the partners. For more information on supporting charity partners, please visit our website or Crowdrise, an online fundraising platform.
The Akron Marathon includes four events: the full marathon, the half marathon, the five-person team relay and the kids fun run. Through these events, the Akron Marathon has grown by more than 10,000 participants since its inaugural event in 2003.

The Akron Marathon offers the community a health-focused, fun-filled event that draws thousands of participants and spectators. The 12th annual event will be held September 27, 2014. Registration is available at akronmarathon.org. Rates are slated to increase again on June 1.