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Each year after the race the Hamptons Marathon team makes donations to support local East End groups. In November 2013, the Hamptons Marathon donated over $75,000, including $30,000 each to Southampton Hospital and Project Most. This was their largest donation to date. The race is also supporting the Springs School, the Springs School PTA’s K-3 extracurricular swimming program, the East Hampton Day Care Learning Center and East Hampton Youth Football. Finally, the race made a donation to support runners affected by the Boston Marathon bombing last April through the One Fund Boston. Over the past 7 years, the Hamptons Marathon has donated over $350,000 to support local East Hampton organizations.

The primary source of these donations were the runners’ race fees, but none of this could have been accomplished without the support of the Hamptons Marathon’s primary sponsors, JetBlue and Equinox Fitness, as well as the generous support of the race’s local partners, friends and volunteers who give their time and expertise year after year.

Raising money for charity is an excellent way to make your participation in the Hamptons Marathon & Half an even more meaningful experience, and help keep you running when the running gets tough. We have partnered with Crowdrise to enable our participants to fundraise directly and, in light of the tragic events at last year’s Boston Marathon, we encouraged our 2013 runners to raise funds for the One Fund Boston. We will be announcing our 2014 Crowdrise fundraising beneficiary shortly.

For guaranteed race entry and to make your miles count, consider joining on of our charity partners:

Run or Walk the Hamptons Marathon or Half-Marathon with Team in Training (TNT). As a TNT member, you will raise funds in honor of a local blood cancer patient. In return they will cover all entry fees and transportation costs on race day, and provide professional coaches to help you train for the race of your life.

Team in Training is the largest endurance sports training program in the world. Since its inception in 1988, TNT participants have raised over $800 million on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

For more information or to sign up please contact them by phone at (631) 752-8500 or visit: www.teamintraining.org/li

Ready to race? Join us! The Children’s Tumor Foundation is working to make a difference in the lives of 1 in 3,000 children who have neurofibromatosis (NF) and you can too! NF causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body and can lead to blindness, deafness, cancer, disfigurement, learning disabilities and disabling pain. Hardly rare, but rarely talked about, NF is more prevalent than cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Huntington’s Disease combined. Your journey with the Children’s Tumor Foundation can make a world of difference to families living with NF. Please contact Angela Dumadag (adumadag@ctf.org) for more information.

The Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation has been working in New York City since 2003, raising awareness of colorectal cancer, funding screening programs for the uninsured, and providing much needed funds to young investigators who are committed to finding a cure for colorectal cancer.

More than an estimated 51,000 Americans died from colon cancer this past year. When you support a member of TEAM COLON CANCER CHALLENGE you not only support their dedication to educating their community about the fact that colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable with early screening but you also support us as we continue to take steps in the race against colorectal cancer.  The Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation launched TEAM COLON CANCER CHALLENGE in 2010 to:

  •  Encourage colorectal cancer survivors to incorporate exercise into their everyday lives as a way to significantly reduce the rate of recurrence,
  • Provide a grassroots opportunity for colorectal cancer survivors and their family members to raise awareness and funds for colorectal cancer in their community,
  • Offer those who have lost a loved one to colorectal cancer a positive and effective channel for their rallying cry against colorectal cancer.

TEAM COLON CANCER CHALLENGE has raised more than $325,000 in support of efforts to raise awareness of colorectal cancer and the importance of early screening, prevention, and research. For more information, contact Cindy Borassi.

Every Mother Counts was born with the idea that they could be a resource to link people to ideas for how they can get involved and make a difference. Their goal  is to bring the facts to light in a way that helps people everywhere see themselves in the issue—to think about just how universal the experiences of pregnancy and childbirth are and how ALL women deserve access to care that can save their lives.  Funds raised will benefit maternal health programs and effective life saving programs around the world. Contact Kristen Kirkland for more information.

We also encourage our runners to take a look at Friends of Karen as a charity to support, if you want the additional challenge of running to raise funds for another cause. This charity works with kids and families all over the NY metropolitan area who need emotional, financial or legal support when there is a child in the family who is suffering from a life threatening illness. Friends of Karen has a limited number of entries for the Hamptons Marathon. For more information contact Nancy Mariano at (631) 473-1768 or by email nancymariano@friendsofkaren.org.

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is led by community members and several parents and spouses who lost loved ones in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning  our tragedy into a moment of transformation. Our mission is to prevent the causes of gun violence and help those impacted by this tragedy. For more information or to register, contact Jessica Lazarus jessica.lazarus@sandyhookpromise.org.

iMentor is a nonprofit dedicated to building mentoring relationships that empower students from low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. We work without about 2,400 students across New York City, and each student is matched one-on-one with an adult mentor for 3 or 4 years. All of our mentors are college graduates, and most are between the ages of 25-35, working in industries such as business, finance, technology, consulting, and arts and entertainment.  Contact Suzanne Chipkin for more information suzanne@imentor.org.

Minding Your Mind’s primary objective is to improve the lives of adolescents and young adults by providing mental health education aimed at reducing the stigma and the destructive attitudes and behaviors associated with mental illness.  For more information on joining the Minding Your Mind team, email Trish Larsen.

The Boomer Esiason Foundation (BEF) provides financial support for research aimed at finding a cure for cystic fibrosis (CF). Team Boomer, a growing program of the BEF, encourages people with cystic fibrosis to incorporate exercise into their everyday lives, provides athletes a way to raise money for CF, and offers an avenue for athletic events to contribute to our fight against CF. Team Boomer also spreads the word about the benefits of exercise for people with CF, supports a CF scholar-athlete specific scholarship, and contributes to the efforts being made to find a cure for CF while helping people with CF live longer, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. For more information about Team Boomer, please contact Michaela Seccareccia by phone (646)292-7930  or email mseccareccia@esiason.org.

For information about becoming a charity partner, please contact diane@hamptonsmarathon.com.