As we are staring down the end of 2014, many of us are putting together our race calendar for 2015. I know I am! I particularly like a few spring/summer races set up going into a nasty winter because it forces me to keep moving, when I’d rather be hibernating. So, I’ve been looking at the calendar and one of the races I’ve been watching for the last 3 years has moved to early June. The Marion Rotary Marathon For Shoes, Half & Marathon Relay is on June 14, 2015 in Marion, Iowa.
Who still needs the state of Iowa? I do! I’ve registered for the 2015 Marion Rotary Marathon for Shoes and will soon be coloring in Iowa!
Marion, IA is located just north of I-80 about 4 hours from Chicago and is centrally located for Wisconsin residents too! This is the 3rd year for this race, the first two years focused on creating the perfect race, year three is focused on growth. So let’s help Marion Rotary Marathon For Shoes GROW! They have a great charity component and the number of runners directly effects the number of kids they can help each year. More on the charity below:
The Marion Rotary Marathon for Shoes is a charitable marathon designed to raise support for Shoes for Kids, a program of the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club, as well as other rotary supported initiatives.
More than 10,000 children in Cedar Rapids Metro Area schools qualify for free or reduced lunch. Many of these students have other unmet needs, as basic as shoes. Shoes for Kids provides health administrators in the Cedar Rapids metropolitan area with “shoe cards,” valued at $20 each to Payless Shoe Source. Cards are distributed to students with inadequate footwear.
Many times, with parental permission, the school nurses or counselors actually take the kids shopping for shoes. We often hear of this being the first time these students have bought their own new pair of shoes. The program began in 2003 and has provided more than $45,000 in shoes to needy children. Each year the need outweighs the financial resources.
The Marion Rotary Marathon for Shoes will allow us to grow this program across our community and region.
So as I’ve said, I’m all in to try to help get the word out about this race and also help the kids of the Cedar Rapids area. Bonus, I get to run PLUS color in another state on my map.
Marion Rotary Marathon For Shoes has generously offered FIVE (5) free entries to be given away. The free entries may be used for either the full ($60 value) or the half marathon ($30 value). They want YOU and ALL YOUR FRIENDS to come see what Iowa and the City of Marion have to offer. In order to be entered in the drawing you can do one, or all of the items listed below. Just let me know in the comments what you did so that I can give you the appropriate number of entries! Maximum possible entries per person = 6.
- 1 entry – comment below and tell us how you pick your races. Location? Timing? Charity component? Or do you just go where your friends go?
- 1 entry – Like Marion Rotary Marathon For Shoes on Facebook HERE.
- 1 entry – Follow Marion Rotary Marathon For Shoes on Twitter HERE.
- 3 entries – Share this giveaway with your friends via your favorite social media channel. Tag me so that I can see it! Otherwise, I’ll ask for the link if you win via a social media share. It’s super easy to just retweet my link, or share my facebook post. Or you can go to the bottom of this post and share it that way.
Good luck! I’ll select the 5 winners on Tuesday, December 2nd at 9am.
If you want to register now, go HERE and you can use the 30% off discount code: MARION201515. This code brings the marathon entry down to $42, can’t beat that deal!! Or the code will bring the half marathon down to $21. Now that’s a deal too!
See you in Marion for the 2015 Marion Rotary Marathon For Shoes!
Amanda – TooTallFritz