The 2019 Eugene Marathon races is just around the corner (April 26-28) and we thought we’d relay a cool press release about some of the things they have going on around the holidays.
The Eugene Marathon’s 12 Days of Wishes program granted more than 20 wishes to participants, including 15 free race registrations and monetary donations to NAMI of Lane County, Wildland Firefighters Foundation and the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network.
Open to participants and community members, the program encourages people to submit their holiday wish to race organizers. Common wishes include free race entries, Boston Marathon qualifying times and donations to nonprofits. Participants submitted wishes online and were granted based on uniqueness, creativity and impact on the local community. There were 131 wishes submitted.
According to Race Director Richard Maher, “this program allows us to give back to the communities who continue to invest in us every year. From our participants to local nonprofits and municipalities, the 12 Days of Wishes program is fun and extremely rewarding.” Wish winner Camille H. requested a $321 donation to the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network as there are three copies of the 21st chromosome in people diagnosed with down syndrome like her brother. “Wishes like Camille’s are the reason why we do what we do,” said Maher. The Eugene Marathon will celebrate its 13th year in 2019. With runners from all 50 states and beyond, this event is one of the premier West Coast marathons in the US.