COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 8th Annual Capital City Half Marathon will aim to raise $1 million for a variety of charities when the race and related events attract up to 15,000 runners to downtown Columbus and surrounding neighborhoods on May 7, 2011.
Team In Training, which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, has partnered with the Capital City Half Marathon annually since 2005. In 2011, TNT participants hope to raise more than $200,000 at the Capital City Half Marathon for research, patient services and education in the efforts to find a cure for blood cancers.
The Capital City Half Marathon is partnering with the American Cancer Society's DetermiNation program for the first time. DetermiNation allows participants to receive a free race entry, training tips and VIP benefits in exchange for dedicating training to the only charity program that helps saves lives from all cancers.
“The Capital City Half Marathon is proud to be associated with such a diverse team of charitable partners that allows and encourages each of our 15,000 competitors to 'run and walk for a reason' when they participate in 2011,” race director David Babner said.
The Capital City Half Marathon also benefits the Capital Kids after-school program. A new initiative between the half marathon and the Columbus Recreation & Parks Department will provide incentives for all city youth who participate in programs at the city's 27 recreation centers to complete the equivalent of a half-marathon between January and May 7, 2011.
Other charities that benefit from the Capital City Half Marathon include Gracehaven, a faith-based non-profit organization started in 2008 that provides shelter and rehabilitation programs for girls under the age of 18; Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio, which provides food, clothing and shelter to those need; and NAMI Franklin County, which is dedicated to improving the lives of family members, friends and person with mental illness.
The Capital City Half Marathon also benefits the National MS Society, which sponsors the Run MS program that fights multiple sclerosis; Operation Homefront, which provides emergency and morale assistance for troops and their families; Run to Remember, which benefits hospice care through the National Hospice Foundation. Running for Israel, the American Fertility Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International and the WAM Foundation, which raises public awareness of melanoma, also benefit from the event.
The Capital City Half Marathon, founded in 2004, has grown into one of the largest half marathons in the Midwest. An estimated 15,000 runners will compete in the Capital City Half Marathon (13.1 miles), Capital City Quarter Marathon (13.1 miles), Commit To Be Fit Fun Run (3 miles) and the Kids Mascot Chase. All events will be held May 7, 2011 in downtown Columbus.
For more information or to register for the Capital City Half Marathon or related events, visit www.capitalcityhalfmarathon.com.