(Duluth, Minn.) Grandma’s Marathon is a making a $6,000 contribution to assist Red Cross relief efforts in the southeastern United States and Japan, following the recent natural disasters in those areas.
The funds were raised through a special program in which an additional 60 entries were made available for the 2011 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. Runners not selected in the 2011 half-marathon lottery were given the opportunity to obtain one of the 60 spots for a $100 fee.
Grandma’s Marathon is allocating the entire $6,000 raised to the Red Cross. The donation will be split between the U.S. and Japan relief efforts.
“As an organization, it is important for us to step forward whenever possible. We are in a position to help and we find it necessary to do our part to assist those affected by these horrible events,” said Scott Keenan, executive director of Grandma’s Marathon.
Grandma’s Marathon staff and board members will present the $6,000 to Red Cross representatives Thursday, May 26 at 11 a.m. at the Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross, 2524 Maple Grove Road in Duluth.
Grandma's Marathon-Duluth, Inc. is a Duluth, Minn.-based non-profit organization responsible for coordinating the annual running of Grandma’s Marathon and its supporting events, including the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, William A. Irvin 5K, Whipper Snapper Races for Kids and Essentia Health Fitness and Health Expo. The organization also administers the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF), which assists with the promotion and development of youth athletics in a five-county region in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. The YAF has contributed more than $425,000 to area youth athletic programs with the help of annual fundraising efforts including the Fitger’s 5K and Park Point 5-Miler.