I'm very excited to announce the charities I've chosen to run for in 2010. As you know, I've committed to running a marathon on every continent, in each of the 50 states, and the five marathon majors -- a marathon a month -- to raise awareness of and raise money for local Alexandria charities. I pay all of my own travel expenses and related fees; a donation is 100% tax deductible. I've partnered with ACT for Alexandria, a 501 (c)(3) organization which collects charitable dollars and directs them to the organizations I ask. As promised, every dollar I raise stays in Alexandria, benefitting at-risk children and their families here in our community.
Without further adieu, the 2010 RunningBrooke beneficiaries are:
- Girls on the Run (GOTR). This innovative organization has the mission of educating and preparing girls (8-13) for a lifetime of healthy living through training for a 5k running event and self-esteem enhancing lessons that encourage positive emotional and physical development. Programs can be found in many Alexandria Elementary Schools.
- ACT for Alexandria. The ACT Community Fund pools charitable dollars from people throughout the city, and directs funds to support and strengthen existing programs, as well as create new collaborative solutions to the city's pressing needs. Every dollar from ACT's Community Fund helps people in our own backyard.