August 30, 2018

Contact: Hillary Gibson, Marketing Communications Manager

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Local Groups Awarded Grants from Big Sur Marathon Foundation

More than a quarter million dollars distributed to 100 groups at annual Grant Reception

CARMEL, CA. — The nonprofit Big Sur Marathon Foundation distributed over $275,000 in grants to 100 regional organizations at a reception Tuesday evening in Monterey.

Youth organizations, sports teams, community service groups, and schools were among the groups who received funding from the Big Sur Marathon Foundation. Local grant groups from the Monterey Peninsula, Big Sur, and the Salinas Valley conversed and enjoyed refreshments while waiting to accept their checks from Doug Thurston, Executive Director of the Big Sur Marathon Foundation, and other Foundation representatives.

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 volunteered to support the Foundation’s running race events throughout the year. The Big Sur Marathon Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to “create beautiful running events that promote health and fitness in the community.” The Foundation raises funds primarily through race registrations, sponsor contributions, and individual donations in order to fulfill its charter to give back to the community.

In addition to supporting local groups, the marathon is also a vehicle to assist charitable organizations in their own fundraising efforts. Individuals sign up to run the Big Sur International Marathon while obtaining sponsors for their cause. Several hundred thousand dollars were raised to benefit 15 national and regional charities from the 2018 marathon.

This year’s grant recipients are listed below:

  • Apple Pie School
  • Aria
  • Big Sur – Friends of 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
  • Boy Scout Troop 43
  • Boy Scout Troop 85
  • Calif Nursing Students Assoc. of MPC
  • Captain Cooper School Parent Club
  • Carmel High School Track and Field
  • Carmel Host Lions Club
  • Carmel HS Wrestling
  • Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers
  • CERV Monterey
  • Child Abuse Prev. Council, Mont Health
  • Community Builders for Monterey County
  • Community Partnership for Youth (CPY)
  • Del Rey Woods PTA
  • FN MOC Fleet Numerical
  • Friends of Monterey Public Library
  • Fury Fastpitch
  • Gazebo School/Park
  • Girl Scout ALTA
  • Girl Scout Destination
  • Girl Scout Troop 30614
  • Girls Inc. of Central Coast (Seaside High)
  • Greenfield High School Athletic Booster Club
  • Habitat for Humanity, Monterey County
  • 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 Charter School
  • Monterey Bay Gymnastics Assoc.
  • Monterey County Assn of Realtors
  • Monterey High Cross Country Boosters
  • Monterey High Wrestling Club
  • Monterey Peninsula Dental
  • Monterey Peninsula Voices
  • MPC Child Development Center
  • MPC Track & Field
  • Naval Postgraduate School Cycling Club
  • Navy Supply Corps Foundation Monterey Chapter
  • P.G. Middle School Staff
  • Pacific Grove Music Boosters
  • PGHS Athletic Department
  • PGHS Boys Lacrosse
  • PGHS Girls Lacrosse
  • PGHS Spanish Club
  • PGHS Track & Field
  • PGHS Wrestling Team
  • P.G. STEAM
  • Return of the Natives
  • Rho-Kappa Chapter of Kappa Sigma
  • Robert Down School PTA
  • Saint Mary’s Youth Group
  • Salinas High School FFA Boosters
  • San Carlos School
  • Santa Catalina School
  • Seaside Dolphins Aquatic Club
  • Seaside High Cross Country
  • Seaside High Girls Softball
  • Seaside High EMT Program
  • Seaside HS Football
  • SIMA pre-med Student Club
  • SPARC Academy
  • Sun Street Center
  • Tri-Club of the Monterey Peninsula
  • 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
  • US Air Force Teal Rope Program
  • Ventana Wildlife Society
  • Victory Outreach Salinas
  • White Stag Leadership
  • York School

About the Big Sur Marathon Foundation

The Big Sur Marathon Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create beautiful running events that promote health and benefit the community. Under the brand are four individual race weekends: Big Sur International Marathon in April, Run in the Name of Love 5K and 2K in June, Salinas Valley Half Marathon and 5K in August, and the Monterey Bay Half Marathon, 5K and 3K in November. In addition, the Foundation oversees the award-winning JUST RUN® youth fitness program. #bigsurmarathon

Media Contact:

Hillary Gibson, Big Sur Marathon Foundation / 831-625-6226