Atlanta Track Club will award $166,900 to the 25 local nonprofit organizations that participated in the Adopt a Marathon Mile program at the 2013 Atlanta Marathon and 10-Miler on October 27. Five of the 25 participating organizations were awarded the top donation of $7,500. Briar Vista Elementary PTO also took home an additional $500 as “Participant Favorite,” an honor awarded based on participant feedback in a post-event survey.
“Our Adopt a Marathon Mile program continues to expand each year. We had more organizations than ever provide energy, excitement and motivation along the course for the participants of the 2013 Atlanta Marathon and 10-Miler,” said Sue Payne, Atlanta Track Club interim executive director. “We are delighted to give back to other nonprofit organizations that share our mission to encourage health and fitness in the metro Atlanta community.”
Donation amounts varied based on the level of participation from each organization. Volunteer requirements for participating nonprofits included a minimum of 15 volunteers to assist Atlanta Track Club at the water stops and a minimum of 15 spectators and cheerleaders in each “cheer zone.” Organizations that met the minimum requirements on race day received a base donation of $3,000. Bonus points, which earned additional donations up to $7,500 per organization, were awarded to those that offered extra course support in categories including the number of volunteers, costumes and signage, among others.
Adopt a Marathon Mile Organization
Briar Vista Elementary PTO
Back on My Feet
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Great Pyrenees Rescue of Atlanta
Centennial Place School Foundation
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Decatur Bulldog Boosters
Ashford Park Run Club
Center for the Visually Impaired
Center for Puppetry Arts
Rockdale Special Olympics
Miles for Cystic Fibrosis
Historic Oakland Foundation
Georgia Foundation for Public Education
Candler Park Neighborhood Organization
Girls on the Run
Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta
Piedmont Park Conservancy
Fit City Kennesaw
Boy Scouts of America, Atlanta Chapter
Nearly 3,000 participants took part in the 2013 Atlanta Marathon, 10-Miler and 5K and Kids’ Fun Run sponsored by American Family Insurance. J. Penny of Johnson City, Tennessee was the overall winner of the 2013 Atlanta Marathon with a time of 2:39:04, while Malia Mullen of Edgewater, Colorado came in first for the women at 2:54:52. Visit atlantamarathon.org for more information on the Atlanta Marathon and 10-Miler.
About the Atlanta Marathon
The Atlanta Marathon, organized by Atlanta Track Club, is the oldest marathon in the Southeast and among the longest running marathons in the United States. The event is an urban marathon that takes participants on a tour through the largest city in the Southeast, Atlanta. With a challenging course, festive cheer zones and a 6 1/2 hour course limit, this event is the perfect opportunity for both first-timers and seasoned runners looking to achieve their marathon goals. For additional information on the Atlanta Marathon, visitatlantamarathon.org.
About the Atlanta Track Club
Atlanta Track Club is a nonprofit established to inspire and engage the community to achieve health and fitness through running. With more than 19,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org) – the largest 10K running event in the world, the Atlanta Marathon (atlantamarathon.org), and the Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K (atlantahalfmarathon.org), the Atlanta Track Club directs more than 30 events per year. Through the support of its members and volunteers, Atlanta Track Club also maintains a number of community initiatives including organizing and promoting the Kilometer Kids youth running program to metro Atlanta youth, honoring high school cross country and track and field athletes through Atlanta Track Club’s All-Metro Banquets and supporting the Grady Bicycle EMT program. For more information on Atlanta Track Club, visit atlantatrackclub.org.