Victoria Marathon pledge program celebrates five years

Victoria News By Travis Paterson

The run for $250,000 is on.

Last week, the team behind the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon announced a total of 18 charities have been selected to the event’s 2010 Charity Pledge Program (CPP). That’s already seven more charities than last year, said GFVM general manager Cathy Noel. “We have so many charities on pace to better their numbers from last year,” said Noel.

Along with the marathon, there is a half-marathon, an eight kilometre run and the Thrifty Foods one-kilometre kids race. With so many pledging participants, the GFVM is becoming one of Victoria’s major charity fundraising events of the year.

New charities in 2010 CPP include KidSport Greater Victoria, Joints In Motion Training Team (Arthritis Society), Threshold Housing Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria, Missing Children Society of Canada,
Capital Families Association West Shore and the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre.

Returning charities looking to better their totals from last year are the B.C. Cancer Foundation, The Lung Association (B.C.), Choices Adoption and Counselling, C-Fax Santas Anonymous, Mount St. Mary Foundation, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Beacon Community Services, Team Diabetes Canada and the Victoria Women’s Transition House Society.

Aside from the CPP there are also four official charities of the Victoria Marathon, KidSport Greater Victoria, Raise A Reader, GoodLife Kids Foundation and the Kilee Patchell-Evans Autism Research Group.

For more information about the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon and the charity pledge program visit www.runvictoriamarathon.com/events/index.php.

Contact Raincoast today to support our team and proudly wear a Salmon Run bracelet from now until the marathon on 10-10-10. Christine Hewitt, Email: marathon [at] raincoast [dot] org, Tel: 250.655.1229, ext 227.

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