Another great reason to decide to run the 2015 edition of The Glass City Marathon, is that it benefits many great organizations. I am definitely picky when it comes to choosing which races I support, as I find the best way to support a good race is to “vote with your feet”. One of my big determining factors of choosing races to support has always been to research the organizations and causes it benefits. The Glass City Marathon definitely meets this criteria.
The 2015 edition of GCM will be benefitting:
1)Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism: they work within the community to raise awareness for autism and collaborate with the community to provide services, programming, and support with those that have autism.
2)Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity: works with low-income families in Lucas County to provide new or rehabbed homes, perform critical repairs, and clean-up/maintenance work.
3)Kids Unlimited: after school/mentoring program for children in the Greater Toledo area
4)Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo: provides a variety of services including food, shelter, adoption services, pregnancy support, guardianship for the elderly, etc.
5)Toledo Community Service Center: provide services and programs for homeless individuals
6)Girls on the Run: after school program using running as means to teach school-aged girls life skills, coping skills, and leadership. (sidebar: I have been a buddy runner for GOTR in NE Ohio–great organization!)
7)Goodwill of NW Ohio: improve lives of individuals with disabilities by providing employment training and job placement
8)Racing for Recovery: works to prevent substance abuse through health and fitness for those affected by addiction
9)Hannah’s Socks: community based non-profit organization dedicated to helping people affected by homelessness, poverty and domestic abuse in Ohio and Southeast Michigan. They collect and donate new socks and undergarments to those in need through shelter homes, public schools and direct distribution.
10)Josina Lott Residential and Community Services: Enriching the lives of persons with developmental disabilities by providing quality services, safe environments and opportunities for self-determination and community integration.
More information on the charity organizations can be found here.
Yes, that really is 10 fantastic organizations that do lots of great work in the Toledo and NW Ohio communities. This year’s goal is to raise 100,000 total to benefit the above charities. If you decide to race GCM, you can even choose to fundraise or directly donate to any of these charities through the GCM Webpage
Speaking of The Glass City Marathon, there is still plenty of time to sign up at the current price rates. Current rates will continue through 3/31/15. However, even though there is still “plenty of time”, waiting until the last minute is not always the best idea! At the current pace, nearly all events will be selling out prior to race date.
the marathon is 46% filled
the half marathon is 53% filled
the marathon relay is 45% filled
and 5k is 12% filled
And we are still 3 months away from race day! Moral of the story, sign up and support a great event, some fantastic charities, and join me at the start line on April 26!
I was selected to be a 2015 Glass City Marathon Ambassador and provided entry to the Owens Corning Half Marathon. All opinions are my own. Especially when it comes to fantastic fundraising.