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Running to the Aid of Talbot County’s Youth
Local Marathon Training Program To Raise Money for YMCA Facility
To create positive change in their communities, some people run for political office;
others run charitable organizations. And some people will run 13.1 or 26.2 miles
to make a difference in lives of the youth living in Talbot County.
Beginning May 9, the third annual Marathon ROCKS charity marathon training program
commences and aims to have 100 local residents on the team. Aside from completing
the phenomenal feat of running either a marathon or half marathon, the goal of the
program is to raise money for the new Teen and Family Center at the YMCA of Talbot
County Easton facility and for the youth development programs that Easton ROCKS After
School (www.eastonrocks.org) will provide within it.
Under the coaching support of Amy Eutsey and Lea Ann Robinson, co-founders of Marathon
ROCKS, Mid-Shore runners of any ability—from beginner to seasoned athlete—will train
for the Virginia Beach Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon (September 6) or the Marine Corps
Marathon (October 25). Some may even run both. To participate in the 18- or 26-week
training programs participants agree to raise at least $1,000 in donations.
Since 2007, Marathon ROCKS has successfully trained 70 participants from the area
to run half and full marathons in Baltimore, DC, and Virginia Beach. In addition
to improving their physical health and forging profound friendships, runners for
Marathon ROCKS have raised $85,000 in just two years for youth programs sponsored
by Easton ROCKS After School.
There is a public informational meeting on Marathon ROCKS at the YMCA in Easton on
April 22 at 7 p.m. YMCA CEO Robbie Gill and Coaches Eutsey and Robinson will give
a short presentation on the program, answer questions, and register participants
for the 2009 marathon team.
Team Marathon ROCKS 2009 is sponsored by MidShoreLife.com, ShopMGI, Shore Pediatrics,
and the Greene Turtle. Easton ROCKS, the YMCA of Talbot County, the Marine Corps
Marathon, and the Virginia Beach Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon are proud charity partners.