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Running for Charity


With running on the increase world-wide, many runners are looking not to just get fit, but to achieve new goals and to feel empowered by running "for a cause." A runner decides to compete in a marathon and then asks friends, family and others to sponsor them in support of a great cause. The amount pledged can be a lump sum or a set amount for each mile of the race they complete. In return, the charity provides the runner with support during training and on race weekend.

When considering the charity fundraising option, please keep in mind that it is unfair to commit if you have no real intention or realistic possibility of raising the agreed fundraising target. Don't be put off by the amount that has to be raised; fundraising isn't as difficult as you might expect, especially if you start early and get family and friends to help. If possible, look to a charity that has meaning for you, whether in memory of a family member, to support a friend, or because of your own personal experience.

Running for a reason 

The Charity Partnership Application for the April 30, 2017 Big Sur International Marathon and related events is now available. If you are interested in becoming an Official Charity Partner, please note the following:

  • The Big Sur International Marathon (BSIM) will be accepting applications between now and June 30, 2016..
  • There are 300 slots available to charities for the 2017 marathon (or other distance event).
  • Charity partnerships are only available to 501(c)3 non-profits. Groups and clubs do not qualify as charities.
  • The $150 charity application fee is due at the time the application is either mailed or emailed. Payment can be remitted either by card or check.
  • We cannot guarantee that your charity will be accepted as an official 2017 partner or that the number of entries you request are what you will be granted.
  • Charity applicants will be notified on July 1 as to their acceptance or non-acceptance.
  • If accepted, the charity will be invoiced for the amount due for the number of entries they will be receiving. Charities have 30 days to remit the balance due.

Questions? Email sally@bsim.org