Chosen Marathon in New Braunfels,Texas benefits adoptive families and to meet the needs of orphans.
New Braunfels, Texas (PRWEB) October 30, 2015
Six years since Chosen Marathon began it’s local non-profit, New Braunfels is proud to announce multi race events returning on November 21st, entitled, “Chosen,” where thousands will run through the streets of New Braunfels for the benefit of adoptive families and orphans here and around the world. The New Braunfels race offers 4 options: a Full Marathon (26.2mi), Half Marathon (13.1mi), and the Kids Fun Run and an all-new, highly demanded 5k (3.1mi). To register, runners need to go to: http://www.chosenmarathon.com/event/new-braunfels/.
The Half Marathon, Chosen’s most popular distance, has a new racecourse this year. Runners will be bussed from the finish line at Rockin’ R in Gruene to the new start line at the Summit. They will travel along the Guadalupe River for scenic river, canyon and tree canopied views and finish back at Rockin’ R. Full marathoners will have the same views with an out and back course; both them and 5k runners will start and finish at Rockin’ R.
Chosen is proud to welcome back Olympic qualifier, Andrea Duke. Duke won the Chosen full marathon in 2013. As her first marathon win, she says it gave her the confidence to go for her dream. After winning in New Orleans, she set her sights on the Olympic qualifying time and achieved that in 2014. She has run forty-six marathons, but holds Chosen so dear as a favorite. She will compete in the 2016 trials next February in L.A., but not before competing once again in Chosen this fall. https://youtu.be/lC-B2vEI4Q4
Around the world there are more 160 million orphans longing for a family and more than 28,000 in the Texas foster care system alone. Today, the average domestic or international adoption costs $30,000. Because of the extreme cost of adoption, the seed for Chosen was planted at the start line of another race. Founder Jenni Lord, herself an active marathon runner, said, “I just couldn’t imagine sacrificing to train for another marathon unless I was doing it for something I believe in. As a result I created Chosen for thousands of us to compete for someone else’s victory, which is far more fulfilling.”
The Chosen race began right here in 2010 and continues to grow year after year bringing in runners from more than half of the United States and multiple countries. 100% of team funds will go to adoptive families and to meet the needs of orphans. The heart that drives these Chosen teams is simple—to bring orphans out of darkness.
The New Braunfels courses are certified, with the Full Marathon as a Boston qualifier, and supported by professional runners, Ryan and Sara Hall, who also just adopted four girls this month. In addition to the November 21st events in New Braunfels, the non-profit organization has sponsored a run in Salt Lake City this year and will add Concord, NC in 2016.