Local Charities Benefit from 2017 Big Sur Marathon

87 Groups Honored at Annual Grant Reception

The Big Sur International Marathon distributed more than a quarter million dollars in grants to 87 organizations on the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur at a reception Monday evening in Monterey.

Scout groups, youth and arts organizations, community service groups and schools were among the many beneficiaries receiving funding from the 32nd annual Big Sur International Marathon held in April.  Overall, $265,000 was distributed to 87 groups (see list below).  Since its inaugural event in 1986, the Big Sur International Marathon organization has distributed more than $5 million in grants, primarily to organizations that have helped stage both the full and half marathons events.

“We’re incredibly indebted to these groups that help us stage our world class marathon,” said Tom Rolander, board chair of the Big Sur Marathon Foundation. “Our mission statement includes giving back to the community which we’re able to do thanks to these committed volunteer organizations.”

In addition to supporting local groups, the marathon is also a vehicle to assist charitable organizations in their own fund raising efforts.  Individuals sign up to run the Big Sur race while obtaining sponsors for their cause. Several hundred thousand dollars were raised to benefit 15 national and regional charities from participation in April’s Big Sur International Marathon.

The Big Sur Marathon Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded primarily by race registrations, sponsor contributions, and individual donations.

This year’s locally-based grant recipients are included below.

  • American Red Cross
  • Apple Pie School
  • Aria
  • Big Sur – Friends of the Library
  • Big Sur Charter School
  • Big Sur Grange
  • Big Sur Health Center
  • Big Sur Historical Society
  • Big Sur Learning Project/Stage Kids
  • Big Sur Unified School District
  • Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade
  • Boosters at Rising Star
  • Calif Nursing Students Assoc of MPC
  • Captain Cooper School Parent Club
  • Carmel High School Track and Field
  • Carmel Host Lion Club
  • Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers
  • CERV Monterey
  • Child Abuse Prev. Council, Mont Health
  • Community Partnership for Youth
  • Del Rey Woods PTA
  • Delta Omega Rho
  • DMWR BOSS
  • Fairview 4-H
  • FN MOC Fleet Numerical
  • Friends of Monterey Public Library
  • Fury Fastpitch (formerly Central Coast Fury)
  • Girl Scout Artemis Leadership Camp
  • Girl Scout Destination
  • Girl Scout Troop 30609
  • Girls Inc. of Central Coast (Seaside High)
  • Hartnell College Physics Club
  • Henry Miller Memorial Library
  • International School
  • Japanese Language School
  • Junior League of Monterey County
  • Junipero Serra School – Washington Program
  • Juvenile Impact Program
  • Kinship Support Unlimited
  • Kiwanis Club of Pacific Grove
  • Knights of Columbus Council 4593
  • La Mesa PTA
  • MAOS: Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Science
  • Marina High Honor Society
  • Marina High School Cross Country
  • Marina High School Link Crew
  • Mid-Coast Fire Brigade
  • Middlebury Institute (MIIS)
  • Mission Trail Lions of Carmel
  • Monterey Bay Gymnastics Assoc.
  • Monterey County Assn of Realtors
  • Monterey County Habitat for Humanity
  • Monterey High Cross Country Boosters
  • Monterey High Wrestling Club
  • Monterey Peninsula Dental
  • Monterey Peninsula Voices
  • MPC Alpha Gamma Sigma
  • MPC Children’s Center
  • Naval Postgraduate School Cycling Club
  • Navy Supply Corps Foundation Monterey Chapter
  • Old Capitol Lions Club
  • P.G. Middle School Staff
  • Pacific Grove Music Boosters
  • PGHS Breaker Girls
  • PGHS Lacrosse (payable to PG Kiwanis)
  • PGHS Spanish Club
  • PGHS Track & Field
  • PGHS Wrestlers
  • Return of the Natives
  • Rho-Kappa Chapter of Kappa Sigma
  • Robert Down School PTA
  • Saint Mary’s Youth Group
  • San Carlos School
  • Santa Catalina School
  • Seaside Dolphins Aquatic Club
  • Seaside High Cross Country
  • Seaside High Girls Softball
  • SPARC Academy
  • Troop 127 Boy Scouts of America
  • Troop 2, Boy Scouts of America
  • Troop 43, Boy Scouts of America
  • Troop 60, Boy Scouts of America
  • Troop 90, Boy Scouts of America
  • UnChained
  • Ventana Wildlife Society
  • White Stag Leadership
  • York School