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BIG SUR INTERNATIONAL MARATHON TO AWARD GRANTS TO MANY COMMUNITY GROUPS AND SCHOOLS ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2004

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BIG SUR INTERNATIONAL MARATHON TO AWARD GRANTS TO MANY COMMUNITY GROUPS AND SCHOOLS ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2004

 

(September 2, 2004 - Carmel, California) -The Big Sur International Marathon will be awarding grants of $180,000 to numerous Monterey County schools and community organizations on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 at 5:45 p.m. at Rocky Point Restaurant on Highway 1, south of Carmel.

 

Since its inception in 1986, the Big Sur International Marathon has donated more than $1,250,000 in grants and awards to schools and community organizations in Monterey County. In 2003, over 90 grants and awards totaling $169,000 were distributed from the proceeds of the Big Sur International Marathon, including $9,000 to local schools. A wide array of organizations have received these funds, ranging from the American Red Cross to the Big Sur Arts Initiative, numerous Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and many others.

 

According to Dr. Hugo Ferlito, Chairman of the Board of the Big Sur International Marathon, "We are pleased to be able to continue to significantly give back to the community and help to promote the health and welfare of our children and residents." Proceeds from the race have helped to pay for everything from musical instruments for schools to a new firehouse for Big Sur's Mid-Coast Volunteer Fire Brigade.

 

Big Sur organizations are typically the biggest recipients, receiving about half of the money raised each year, while the balance is distributed throughout Monterey County. Money is awarded two ways. Schools share a contribution from Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula based on their participation in the 5K run held on Marathon Day. Groups that provide volunteers to help put on the marathon and the Health and Fitness Expo are also eligible for grants, including the 2000 volunteers at various Marathon events. Boy and Girls Scouts stuff envelopes, fold T-shirts, give out water and Gatorade at the finish line, and pick up garbage. Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers register participations at the Health Expo. Colton Middle School's band plays along the course. Typically, Marathon entry fees cover the cost of putting on the event, and money from sponsors is given out to the charitable groups, service clubs, and schools that help out during the events.

 

The Big Sur Half Marathon of Monterey Bay will be held next month  on October 17, 2004. Registration opened on September 1, 2004 for the Big Sur International Marathon events on April 24, 2005. 

 

For more information, contact the Big Sur International Marathon office at (831) 625-6226 or www.bsim.org. Register for the Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay at www.bigsurhalfmarathon.org and for the Big Sur International Marathon and related events at www.bsim.org.

 

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