RUN FOR A CAUSE IN 2019Learn about our 2019 Charity Partners and how you can run for a cause!
Join one of our Champion Charity Partners below and claim one of their limited number of spots in the 2019 Asheville Marathon and Half. Register through the Champion Charity of your choice. Give purpose to your run by raising funds for causes in need. Doing this type of fundraising helps the charities immensely. The added perk is being part of a great group with extra cheers on race day!
These local non-profit organizations are dedicated to a variety of causes and needs across western North Carolina and will be providing volunteer support before, during and after the 2019 event in exchange for a variety of fundraising opportunities! These are the folks who help drive our race participants to the finish line with a SMILE! Scroll down to find out more about their charity spots and running for a cause!
MEET OUR 2019 CHAMPION CHARITY PARTNER(S)!
About Sky’s the Limit Fund
Sky’s the Limit Fund (STLF) partners with 9 Wilderness Therapy Programs nationwide to connect youth in crisis with the funds they desperately need for treatment. Since inception, STLF has served over 465 youth in crisis and their families with funding over $2.3 million. Our Wilderness Therapy Partners match our funding with a tuition reduction – thus bringing our total funding to over $4.6 million. SUWS of the Carolinas is one of STLF’s Wilderness Therapy Partners.
Sky’s the Limit Fund (STLF) is a non-profit organization that supports youth in crisis by providing grants for wilderness therapy programs, family coaching services, community outreach and more for families with financial need. The crisis of today’s youth has reached epidemic proportions. They face problems that do not discriminate based on ethnicity, religion or socioeconomics. Problems including, but not limited to, substance abuse, mental health and social difficulties plague young people at an alarming rate. Wilderness therapy programs provide effective and personalized therapeutic care while achieving high-impact and long lasting improvement.
Contact – Alyson.Smith@suwscarolinas.com — if interested in being considered on their charity runner team and to raise funds for Sky’s the Limit Foundation. Interested in making a donation? Choose how you wish to donate:
About Brave Like Gabe
“Brave Like Gabe” started as a hashtag to support professional runner Gabriele “Gabe” Grunewald as she sought treatment for her third battle with an incurable rare salivary gland cancer in 2017.
The Brave Like Gabe Foundation was formed in 2018 as a way for Gabe to continue to share her story, connect with patients, and make a difference in the cancer community.
She has experienced firsthand many of the challenges faced by rare cancer patients and the need for dedicated research funding.
Gabe also credits running and physical activity during all phases of her survivorship for helping her get through her cancer journey. She is passionate about sharing that experience with others in similar situations.
That is how we arrived at our mission: to support rare cancer research and empower cancer survivors through physical activity.
Interested in making a donation? Choose how you wish to donate:
About Consider Haiti
Change a Life.
HELP THE CHILDREN OF HAITI.
Our single, and URGENT goal is to promote the health and welfare of children in Haiti. This year we will help the lives of more than 2000 Haitian children and their families.
Shoe Drive for Western Carolina Rescue Ministries
Our goals is to collect 250 shoes for the WCRM Foot Care Clinic! BRING SHOES, BRING SHOES, BRING SHOES! Shoes can be dropped off at the Expo on Friday or Saturday OR at the Finisher Bag Tent on race day!
Please bring gently used or new tennis shoes! Tennis shoes seem to be the best, as the homeless population likes them, because they hold up for such a long period of time. The shoes that the WCRM receive during the Asheville Marathon & Half event will go towards their annual “Foot Care Clinic”.
Help us by donating new or lightly used tennis shoes that will go towards Western Carolina Rescue Ministries Annual “Foot Care Clinic”.
About the Foot Care Clinic: The Foot Care Clinic takes place in the Spring. Volunteers will: wash the homeless’ feet, give them a “pedicure” (cut their nails, etc.) , lotion their feet, and then they will be given a pair of brand new socks and brand new shoes. In addition, medical staff will be on site to help with any lesions or suspicious areas on their feet that might need medical attention. Following this event, a nice meal will be served to the clients in a more formal, restaurant style service, where volunteers bring them their food, etc. rather than making them go through the cafeteria line. Generally the Clinic serve adults, but sometimes will have several young children. The whole goal behind this event is to let the homeless population know that they are loved and cared for and feel valued.
After the event, we will donate all discarded clothing/gear that has been dropped off along the course or at water stations and not picked up at the Finisher Bag Tent to Western Carolina Rescue Ministries.
Race for a CHAMPION or COMMUNITY Charity in 2019!
We are seeking runners to help fundraise for our Community and Champion Charities in the upcoming 2019 Asheville Marathon & Half! When our partners are selected, you will be able to sign up through one of them and potentially get free race tickets along with your own cheer team and more perks for helping them!
Great Running Socks for Good Causes
All Balega socks incorporate a hand linked toe closure which eliminates abrasion across the top of the foot and a knit extra deep heel pocket to ensure they fit the foot perfectly and don’t slide during activity.
THANK YOU to our past Charity Partners!
2018: The Sky’s The Limit Fund
2017: The Joseph Initiative, The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County, & The Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont
2016: The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County, Consider Haiti &
YoungLife of Asheville & Buncombe County
2015: Girls on the Run, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and Consider Haiti
2014: Charity Partners: Inheritance of Hope and Mountain Area Health Education Center
2013 Charity Partners: Leukemia & Lymphoma and Mission Cancer Foundation