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The Woodlands Marathon Management 14 Snowbird Pl The Woodlands, Texas 77381

PRESS RELEASE CONTACT


For Immediate Release Willie Fowlkes, (936) 588-9966

THE WOODLANDS MARATHON MANAGEMENT
ANNOUNCES CHARITY CHALLENGE KICKOFF EVENT

THE WOODLANDS, TX (September 12, 2014) On the strength of over
$161,000 being raised and donated from its 2014 event, The Woodlands Marathon
Management aims to see more than 250 runners participating and raising over
$250,000 for charities and non-profit organizations in 2015 through its Charity
Challenge.
It was a primary goal of ours when we revitalized The Woodlands Marathon in
2012 to support charities and the local community, said director Danny Golden.
On Monday, October 13, 2014, The Woodlands Marathon Management
(TWMM) will host the 4
th
annual Charity Challenge Kickoff Party, beginning at 6:30
p.m., at Gooses Acre Bistro and Irish Pub, located at 21 Waterway Ave. along The
Woodlands Waterway.
Highlight charities, including the Montgomery County Womens Center
selected by The Woodlands Marathon Management and those chosen by the events
title sponsor partners, will soon be announced and introduced at the Charity Challenge
Kickoff Party.
Attendees can both run the weekly Gooses Acre social run along the waterway
while meeting participating charities in the coming years Charity Challenge.
Two years ago, The Woodlands Marathon Management introduced a new
format which allows runners to compete for an $18,000 donation prize purse while
running for any of the events highlighted charities -- including those selected by race
sponsors -- or their favorite charity of choice.
On behalf of The Woodlands Marathon Management, we are really excited each
year to be able to offer this prize purse and watch the runners challenge themselves by
supporting great causes, said race director Willie Fowlkes. Each year we want to do
more while highlighting these runners and the organizations they represent. We have
barely scratched the surface on the impact this program can have for these causes.
For the third year in a row, event management is partnering with
Reason2Race, which helps runners reach their personal fundraising goals by setting
up their own fundraising pages, to spearhead the charity initiative.
By selecting and raising money for a charity, runners will have the opportunity
for their charity to receive one of 43 dedicated donations ranging in amounts from
$100 to the top prize of $3,000 that comprise the $18,000 prize purse.
Bellaires Diane McGehee, who repeated last year as the top fundraiser, earned
the additional $3,000 for her charity, Together in Hope, after raising $37,476 on their
behalf.

The Woodlands Marathon Management 14 Snowbird Pl The Woodlands, Texas 77381
Last years $161,000 total, which included the prize purse, brought the two-
year total of the program to $277,000.
Event organizers, upon bringing The Woodlands Marathon back after a 17-year
hiatus, originally earmarked $40,000 for charity and exceeded the expectations by
giving more than $58,000 in donations to various charities, volunteer organizations
and local community groups.
The new program format, however, gave runners a way to partner with the
event team to further extend their mutual ability and commitment to raise awareness
and funds for multiple causes.
Monies were donated to 24 different causes a year ago an increase from the
14 local and global charities that benefitted in 2013 from more than $116,000 in
giving.
For more information about the Charity Challenge, please visit
thewoodlandsmarathon.com and click on Charity Challenge.

About The Woodlands Marathon Management
The Woodlands Marathon Management is an event production company that operates with a
primary goal of providing individuals the opportunity to participate in a running event that
promotes the advancement of running. The directors of The Woodlands Marathon
Management share a passion for The Woodlands community, the Houston region and the
active sport lifestyle. They have teamed up to produce this premier event that will provide
The Woodlands and surrounding communities options for living a healthy lifestyle with
purpose.

About The Woodlands
Located just 30 minutes north of Houston, Texas and minutes from George Bush
Intercontinental Airport, The Woodlands is the destination for leisure guests, individual
business travelers and groups of all sizes. Visitors to The Woodlands and residents of the
community enjoy more than eight million square feet of world-class shopping, dining and
entertainment options, more than 194 miles of hike-and-bike trails, 124 parks, the 1,700-acre
George Mitchell Nature Preserve, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, kayaking on Lake
Woodlands, and taking a cruise on The Woodlands Waterway. The Woodlands features world-
class sporting events including the Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas, Insperity Golf
Championship and the Nike South Invitational. The Woodlands also is home to more than
1,650 guestrooms in upscale and boutique properties, select service, limited service,
conference and convention centers and a resort.

For more information on The Woodlands, go to www.VisitTheWoodlands.com. Also, like
The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau on Facebook at
www.Facebook.com/VisitTheWoodlands, follow them on Twitter at
www.twitter.com/TheWoodlandsCVB and view them on YouTube at
www.YouTube.com/TheWoodlandsCVB.


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