As we begin the first month of a new decade, runners from near and far are anxiously looking forward to their 26.2 mile (or 13.1 mile) trek through Celebration.
The 7th annual Town of Celebration Marathon and Half Marathon will take to the streets on Sunday, January 26, as the community welcomes over 2,500 runners, in addition to the scores of volunteers and spectators that have helped make this race an extremely popular event in such a short time frame.
In addition to being able to run through the picturesque streets of Celebration, runners are even more incentivized to come to Celebration, as the racecourse is USATF certified, making it a Boston qualifier.
While crossing the finish line is the primary goal for many who lace up their running shoes, local organizers also have a goal in mind, to raise funds for much needed organizations right here. In six years, the race has donated $311,000 to the Osceola Education Foundation and more than $210,000 to local community groups. Additionally, this year’s proceeds will support the Thriving In Place initiative for senior citizens in Celebration supported by the Celebration Foundation.
The Education Foundation of Osceola County was formed in 1985, and was listed as one of the top 10 education foundations in the country in 2014. The Education Foundation has created and manages programs to promote reading, mentoring, and support for teachers and has given out hundreds of scholarships.
The race expo and packet pick-up will be held at Celebration Town Hall (851 Celebration Ave.) on Friday, January 24 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, January 25 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Awards will be given for overall, masters, and age group participants for both the marathon and half marathon and all finishers will receive a medal.
For more information on this year’s event or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, please visit www.celebrationmarathon.com.