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The race for a cause

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By Victoria Hansen
vhansen@abcnews4.com

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) --  It may be too late to register for $45, but you have some time still to run for a good cause. Charity bibs are still available for 15 nonprofits.

"There are so many remarkable stories behind some of the charities," said long time Race Director  Julian Smith. "So many people have over come cancer, or breast cancer and then there's the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund."

Smith says each  year the run sets aside 1500 bibs for charity runners and walkers.  You can either pay the $150 set fee to register through a specific charity or choose your donation amount with regular registration.  

Some people are even doing something called crowdrise. They're putting together their own teams in support of a charity and promoting it through social media. So how you get involved with the run and  a charity is really up to you.

But the bottom line is still the bottom line.

"All of the money is kept separately," said Smith. "It goes directly to the charities."

"Part of being a charity of choice is using our volunteers for this event," said Komen Marketing and Events Manager Lisa Jones. "Our volunteers are not only women, but also men who have a passion for battling the disease."

Volunteers are what race organizers bank on every year. Each charity selected must provide at least 100 volunteers.

"As the race has grown, the charities have really been beneficial," said Smith.

He says the race typically sees 3600 volunteers, doing everything from corralling the runners on race day, to handling packet pick up and even recycling.

"At the end of the race 275 volunteers are in charge of recycling alone," said Smith.

So how are the charities chosen each year?  Smith says each writes a letter to the race board asking for consideration. Then it's up to the board to review and choose.

This year's  charities are a mix of local and national non-profits.  They are the American Lung Association, Pet Helpers, The Alzheimers Association, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Lowcountry, Louie's Kids, The Charleston Miracle League, The  American Cancer Society, The Lowcountry Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Coastal Chaplaincy, Camp Happy Days, The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, Water Missions International, MUSC Childrens Hospital Fund, The Ronald McDonald House and The American Diabetes Association.

So looking for a reason to run besides it being good for you? How about because it's good for someone else?


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