RUN FOR A CAUSE

Learn about our 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 2021 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 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 2021 event in exchange for a variety of fundraising opportunities! These are the people 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 2021 COMMUNITY CHARITY PARTNERS!

Shoe Drive for Western Carolina Rescue Ministries

Our goals is to collect 250 shoes for the WCRM Foot Care Clinic! Shoes can be dropped off 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”.

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.

Goodwill Northwest North Carolina

Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has served the local community since 1926.  Through the sale of donated items in our stores, we fund employment and training programs that help people find hope, opportunity and jobs.  We are recognized nationally as one of the most efficient charities – channeling 89 percent of revenues to mission and sustainability – enabling us to serve more than 8,500 people each year in western NC.  

Race for a CHAMPION or COMMUNITY Charity!

We are seeking runners to help fundraise for our Community and Champion Charities in the upcoming 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!

Interested in joining us as a 2021 Charity Partner? Find out more about becoming a Community Charity Partner or submit your organization on our Charity Partner Submission page.