Posted by: Stan Russell | October 7, 2016

Local Charities Benefit from Big Sur Marathon


October 7, 2015


Julie Armstrong, Marketing Communications Director

831-625-6226 / Julie

Photo attached: Caption located at the end of this release

Local Charities Benefit from Big Sur Marathon

Annual grant distributions plus Soberanes Fire contributions

and national charity fund raising brings total 2016 donations to over $750K

The Big Sur International Marathon distributed more than a quarter million dollars in grants to 77 organizations on the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur at a reception Wednesday evening in Monterey.

Scout groups, youth and arts organizations, the local military, community service groups and schools were among the many beneficiaries receiving funding from the 31st annual Big Sur International Marathon held last April. Overall, $253,000 was distributed to 77 groups (see list below). Since its inaugural event in 1986, the Big Sur International Marathon has distributed more than $4.5 million in grants, primarily to organizations that have helped stage both the full and half marathons events.

“In keeping with its mission statement to give back to the community, the Big Sur Marathon makes a significant contribution to the health and welfare of our community,” said John Mutty, chair of the Grants Committee and former chair of the Big Sur Marathon Board of Directors. “We are honored to help those that are allowing us to fulfill our goals of staging a world class event.

In addition to supporting local groups, the marathon is also a vehicle to assist charitable organizations in their own fund raising efforts. Individuals sign up to run the Big Sur race while obtaining sponsors for their cause. Collectively, 18 organizations from outside the County raised more than $400,000 for such organizations as Lazarex Cancer Foundation, Inheritance of Hope, Children of Peru, the Boomer Esaison Foundation and others.

Also, this year the Big Sur International Marathon organization contributed significant funds in support of the firefighting efforts of the Soberanes Fire. In August, BSIM donated a total of $122,000 to local fire brigades, the Big Sur Health Center, the Community Foundation and to the family of the fallen firefighter.

“With a combination of charity fund raising, our annual grant distribution, and the Soberanes fire donations, our event provided over 750 thousand dollars directly and indirectly, which is a significant amount for a race of our size,” said Doug Thurston, Executive Director of the Big Sur International Marathon.

The Big Sur International Marathon is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded primarily by race registrations, sponsor contributions, and individual donations.

This year’s locally-based grant recipients are included below.

American Red Cross

Apple Pie School


Big Sur Charter School

Big Sur Grange

Big Sur Health Center

Big Sur Historical Society

Big Sur Learning Project/Stage Kids

Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade

Big Sur Friends of Library

Calif Nursing Students Assoc. of MPC

Captain Cooper School Parent Club

Carmel Host Lion Club

Central Coast Athletics-Fury

Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers

CERV Monterey

Child Abuse Prev. Council, Mont Health

Community Partnership for Youth

CSUMB Return of the Natives

CSUMB Women’s Soccer

Del Rey Woods PTA


Fairview 4-H

Friends of Monterey Public Library

Gazebo School/Park

Girl Scout Artemis Leadership Camp

Girl Scout Destination

Girl Scout Troop 30609

Girl Scout Troop 30626

Girls Inc. of Central Coast (Seaside High)

Hartnell College Physics Club

Henry Miller Memorial Library

International School

Japanese Language School

Junior League of Monterey County

Junipero Serra School – Washington Program

Juvenile Impact Program

Kinship Support Unlimited

Kiwanis Club of Pacific Grove

Knights of Columbus (Carmel)

Marina High School ASB

Marina High School AVID program

Marina High School Cross Country

Mid-Coast Fire Brigade

Mission Trail Lions of Carmel

Monterey Bay Gymnastics Assoc.

Monterey County Assoc. of Realtors

Monterey County Habitat for Humanity

Monterey High Cross Country Boosters

Monterey High Wrestling Club

Monterey Peninsula Voices

MPC Child Development Center

Naval Postgraduate School Cycling Club

Navy Supply Corps Fdn – Monterey Chapter

Old Capitol Lions Club

Pacific Grove High School Lacrosse

Pacific Grove High School Track & Cross Country

Pacific Grove High School Wrestlers

Pacific Grove Middle School

Pacific Grove Music Boosters

Pacific Valley School / Big Sur Unified School District

Rising Star Gymnastics Booster Club

Robert Down School PTA

Saint Mary’s Youth Group

San Carlos School

Santa Catalina Middle School

Seaside Aquatic Club

Seaside High Cross Country

Seaside High Girls Softball

Troop 2, Boy Scouts of America

Troop 43, Boy Scouts of America

Troop 60, Boy Scouts of America

Troop 90, Boy Scouts of America

Troop 127 Boy Scouts of America

Ventana Wildlife Society

White Stag Leadership

York School


Boy Scout Troop 127, represented by Eagle Scout Mikey Fletcher and Tenderfoot Aiden Slade, received a grant check from the Big Sur International Marathon for their volunteer assistance manning an aid station at the 2016 Big Sur International Marathon. Representing BSIM are Board Chair Tom Rolander and Race Committee Chair Alice Crawford


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