Houston Marathon Expands Charity Work

A record 61 non-profits are now participating.

From: Running USA

HOUSTON — The Houston Marathon Committee has announced the expansion of the 2012-13 Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason charity program, welcoming a record 61 participating nonprofits. The new charity lineup offers a variety of important causes ranging from medical research and support, and community outreach to learning differences and animal protection.

Linking 30,000 runners with 61 charities, the Run for a Reason program provides an avenue for race participants, individuals and organizations to collect donations on behalf of an official charity of their choice. In addition, it provides a platform for charities to raise awareness and educate others about their cause.

This past year, the Run for a Reason program raised a record $2.3 million benefiting 57 nonprofit organizations, generating nearly $15 million in charitable donations in the program’s 18-year history.

“We could not be more thrilled with the growth of our Run for a Reason charity program and the passionate runners and fundraisers who continue to make it all possible,” said Wade Morehead, executive director of the Houston Marathon Committee. “By expanding our charity program, we are able to offer more support for the community and provide an even greater variety of philanthropies for our runners to choose from.”

The Run for a Reason program also offers ways to enter the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon races. Starting June 6, a limited number of guaranteed charity entries will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“HERO” charity entries enable runners to make an upfront, direct tax-deductible donation of at least $350 to an official Run for a Reason charity of their choice, plus the cost of registration, to secure a guaranteed race entry.

“Fundraising for registration” charity entries give runners an opportunity to fundraise for an official Run for a Reason charity of their choice and receive a guaranteed race entry. Participating charities set their own fundraising minimums and deadlines. A list of participating nonprofits will be posted on the event website (RunforaReasonHouston.org) on June 6, 2012. Runners should contact these organizations directly for more information.

The 2013 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon are scheduled for Sunday, January 13.

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