Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) October 13, 2012
The Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF), a non-profit organization that funds research to cure arthritis in over 50 million Americans, had over 30 race participants support its Racing For A Cure Program at the ICB Long Beach Marathon on October 7th.
This year, racers raised the highest amount of donations by the Racing For A Cure team at the ICB Long Beach Marathon since ANRF became an official charity of the race three years ago. The $5,025 they raised was second highest among all charities at the marathon this year.
Racing For A Cure is a unique program in which participants actively engage in a fundraising and awareness team for ANRF, regardless of where they are racing. The Arthritis National Research Foundation provides an accessible way for its advocates to stand by the cause while engendering a sense of team spirit and unity nationwide. Those team members at the ICB Long Beach Marathon to raise funds and awareness for arthritis research and to race took part in the 5K, half marathon, full marathon or bike tour.
"Running on the Racing For A Cure Team at Long Beach was such an amazing experience. I felt proud to be wearing the team jersey and it actually helped motivate me to keep running all the way to the end of 26.2 miles. I didn't want to let my team down!,” Racing For A Cure participant Shelly Hallman of Mammoth Lakes, California said.
“I'd like to thank the Foundation for making my first full marathon an extraordinary experience. I am thrilled to have made an impact on arthritis research with my fundraiser and hope to do it again,” Hallman added.
And, she can. Wherever a Racing For A Cure team member races they wear their team jerseys to increase awareness of the need for arthritis research and ANRF’s efforts to fund this critical research. Supporters race in any race, anywhere in the world – whether they are runners, walkers, swimmers, bikers, triathletes – literally all sports qualify you to be a part of the Racing For A Cure team.
At the ICB Long Beach Marathon, kids as young as seven came out to show their allegiance to the Arthritis National Research Foundation by taking part in Saturday’s Kid’s Fun Run.
On Sunday, runners, walkers and bikers all began their race near the beach at Shoreline Village. From there they were not only able to support their charity but also enjoy the city of Long Beach while on the go. Participants enjoyed the sights of Belmont Shore, Downtown Long Beach and the Queen Mary while completing their courses.
“I knew this would be one of the biggest events of the year for us…from the starting line to the finish, it didn’t disappoint,” Marketing Director of the Arthritis National Research Foundation and 5K participant, Derek Belisle said.
The event was organized by Run Racing, who did a wonderful job uniting fundraisers and volunteers in a common event to serve their community.
The Arthritis National Research Foundation funds scientists to cure arthritis by discovering the causes of arthritis and its related diseases including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, juvenile arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.
For more information on how to join the Racing For A Cure team, visit http://CureArthritis.org/racing-for-a-cure