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Concept runners love: Running, donating

World Run Day 5K Run/Walk event to take place in Marlinton

October 23, 2010
The Inter-Mountain

World Run Day, the international day for running and charitable giving, takes place this year on Nov. 7.

Since 1999, thousands from around the world have participated in World Run Day by running - any distance, anywhere - in organized events, small groups or individually.

In addition, the runners traditionally make a contribution to a charity or nonprofit organization, distributing the proceeds to a vast number of worthwhile causes.

From Seattle to London, Philadelphia to Sydney and anywhere in between, hundreds of charitable organizations continue to benefit from this annual event.

"It's taken some time, but people really agree that we need an international day of running and an international day of charity," said Bill McDermott, president and founder of World Run Day.

"In 1999 we had about 100 runners; in 2009, we had nearly 2,000," McDermott said. "My full-time job is demanding this year, but I've kept at it because people just love the concept of the event."

This year, a World Run Day 5K Run/Walk event will be conducted on the Greenbrier River Trail in Marlinton.

The event is organized by the West Virginia Friends of Midwives, and proceeds from the event will benefit the health of mothers and babies in West Virginia through their organization.

The run will begin at 12:30 p.m. Runners will meet at the parking lot between Third and Fourth avenues in downtown Marlinton.

The cost will be $15 to register. The first 10 registrants will receive free World Run Day T-shirts.

All female runners will get one half off of the "Ladies' Day Out Red Tent Event," at the Opera House in Marlinton following the race.

The female winner will receive free entry to the Red Tent Event, and the male winner will receive a gift certificate to the Men's Shop.

To register, e-mail Laura Cooper at Late registrants can register the day of the event from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.



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