2016 Run for a Reason Charity Program Raised $1.6 Million-Plus for Charities

Written by Kelsey Emch on July 7, 2016

rwb photos2016 Run for a Reason Charity Program Raised $1.6 Million-Plus for Charities

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Light of Life Rescue Ministries and Children’s Hospital Foundation each raised $100,000+ via DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Run for a Reason charity program

July 7, 2016
PITTSBURGH – P3R has announced that the Run for a Reason charity program presented by Bank of America raised more than $1.6 million during the 2016 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon season. Since the Run for a Reason charity program launched in 2009, participants have raised more than $9 million for local, national and global causes.

“Each year the Run for a Reason charity program inspires runners to run for a greater good, connect with runners who share the same passion and raise hundreds of dollars for a charity close to their heart,” said P3R CEO Patrice Matamoros. “We are proud to grow this program each year and have true impact in the Pittsburgh community and beyond.”

Jessi Marsh, from Monroeville, Pa., was the top individual fundraiser with more than $27,000 in donations for the Light of Life Rescue Mission. Marsh completed the FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay with her team Wonder Women, while also battling her second bout of colon cancer.

More than 3,000 charity runners participating across all of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events inspired more than 24,000 charity donations for 110 local and national charities.

The charities who received the most donations include:

  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, $165,860
  • Light of Life Ministries, $136,901
  • Children’s Hospital Foundation, $130,989
  • Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center, $99,414
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Team in Training, $71,211

“Being an official charity of the Pittsburgh Marathon has been a game changer for Light of Life,” said Doug Smith, manager of outreach and major gifts at Light of Life Rescue Mission. “It has enabled us to engage our supporters in a meaningful way, introduce us to hundreds of new donors, and has become our second largest fundraiser. We are so glad we decided to become a charity four years ago. Building and training our Marathon team has become one of our favorite things to do each year.”

For more information about the Run for a Reason program presented by Bank of America, visit: www.pittsburghmarathon.com/charities

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About the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon

The 2016 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon was not just a race – but a journey for 35,000+ runners during race weekend.

Organized by P3R, the 9th edition will be held May 5-7, 2017. For more information, go to: ThePittsburghMarathon.com. FACEBOOK: DSGPM TWITTER: @PghMarathon INSTAGRAM: PghMarathon HASHTAG: #PghMarathon #GameOnPGH

About the P3R
P3R is a nonprofit organization that is passionate about promoting the love of running and enhancing community access to health & fitness education and activities. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DSG Pittsburgh Marathon, we also run a variety of other high-quality races, events, and health & fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s high-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. The only criterion for participation is a desire to be happy, healthy and active.

For more information, visit www.P3R.org

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