Middlebury Maple Run Creates Grant Program to Distribute Event ProceedsBy Sue Hoxie
IPJ Real Estate Returns for Third Year as Title Sponsor
Middlebury, Vermont – January 29, 2014 – The organizing committee for the “Middlebury Maple Run – The Sweetest Half” is pleased to announce the creation of a grant program so that non-profit organizations located in Addison County and/or benefiting its residents are given the opportunity to be a beneficiary of race proceeds.
The Middlebury Maple Run distributed more than $12,000 after 2013’s race to several worthwhile organizations: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, H.O.P.E., Homeward Bound: Addison County’s Humane Society, Porter Hospital, MUHS XC team, and Girls on the Run. Two other organizations, the Middlebury Police Department and Middlebury Regional EMS, are recognized by the race for their support in making it a successful and safe event. Over the past five years this race has donated upwards of $65,000 to local charities for which it is very honored to support.
“As the race has evolved we recognize there are potentially hundreds of non-profit organizations in Addison County that could benefit from the proceeds generated by this fundraiser,” said Andrea Solomon, event co-director. “We've created a friendly grant application and a small committee of local race enthusiasts who desire to support Addison County non-profits. We hope to hear from organizations that we haven’t been aware of and may need additional funding. This is what inspires us to work so hard to bring the Middlebury Maple Run to fruition each year.”
For more information or to receive a grant application, please contact Andrea Solomon at email@example.com.
In addition the Middlebury Maple Run welcomes back Ingrid Punderson Jackson (IPJ) Real Estate as the race’s title sponsor. This is the third consecutive year that IPJ Real Estate has supported Middlebury’s largest athletic event.
Scheduled for Sunday, May 4th with a start time of 9 a.m., the Middlebury Maple Run is one of New England’s “must-do” races. More than 1,000 athletes participated in 2013’s race
Local lodging properties, restaurants and merchants will reap benefits as well. Approximately 40% of the runners have been from out of state—the majority from neighboring New England states and New York. Many runners will be traveling with family and friends resulting in more than 1,000 visitors in the area during race weekend. The Addison County Chamber of Commerce estimates the Middlebury Maple Run provides direct economic impact to the area of at least $100,000.
Organizing and hosting a 13-mile footrace is a large undertaking and the organizing committee is soliciting additional sponsorships. If you’re interested in learning how race sponsorship can benefit your business, please contact Andrea Solomon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Middlebury Maple Run Organizers
The Middlebury Maple Run was started in 2009 by a group of local runners to raise funds for charity and to create an event that brings visitors to the Middlebury area during a time of year when there are fewer visitors. The Middlebury Maple Run organizing committee is made up of: Terry Aldrich, Middlebury College; Benj Deppman, Deppman & Foley; Dave Donahue, Middlebury College; Sue Hoxie, Race Co-Director, Addison County Chamber of Commerce; Angelo Lynn, Addison Independent; Andrea Solomon, Race Co-Director. The event website is www.middleburymaplerun.com.