Race officials were pleasantly surprised at how much money was raised this year.
More money was raised for charity at this year’s ING New York City Marathon than in any other year. According to the New York Road Runners, the organization that hosts the marathon, a record $30 million in charitable donations were collected. New York Road Runner CEO Mary Wittenberg announced that of the $30 million, $20 million was for New-York-city-based programs.
Approximately 8,000 people ran for more than 190 charities. The previous record had been last year’s marathon where $24 million was raised. Officials had targeted $26.2 million and were admittedly pleasantly surprised at the $3.8 million surplus.
“This year’s marathon was off the charts,” said Wittenberg. “Clearly, we have tapped into a desire of many runners to run for a purpose beyond themselves.”
With the ING New York City Marathon gaining in popularity, more and more runners are seeking entry by obtaining a charity slot, which requires them to raise at least $2,500 in donations.
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