03 Mar Austin Gives Miles Returns to 2017 Austin Marathon
AUSTIN, Texas, March 2, 2016 — High Five Events (H5E), one of the largest privately owned event production companies in the United States, is pleased to announce the return of the Austin Gives Miles program in conjunction with the 2017 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon presented by NXP. The continuation of this amazing program allows Central Texas nonprofits to further their mission, engage runners who want to support the community, and raise a substantial amount of money for their organization.
Austin Gives Miles serves nonprofit organizations in the Central Texas area through its philanthropic efforts. During the 2016 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon presented by NXP, more than 750 runners dedicated their training miles to one of the 25 official nonprofit organizations and raised more than $260,000. Couple that with The Moody Foundation’s generous offer to match the funds raised for each charity, up to $10,000, and the grand total exceeded $440,000.
“Maintaining the Austin Gives Miles program, one that raised more than $440,000 last year, was an easy decision for us,” said Stacy Keese, co-owner of High Five Events. “Continuing to make the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon a community-wide event is our top priority and Austin Gives Miles is a tremendous piece to that puzzle.”
The official charity chaser program will return for the 2017 race with a yet-to-be-announced legendary and well-known Austin runner. This runner will raise awareness for the Austin Gives Miles program by starting in last place and raising money for every runner they pass.
In 2016, Steve Chase ran on behalf of Family Eldercare. The organization was selected through a combined social media and online voting contest. Chase started in last place and finished 92nd, passing 3,185 marathoners and earning more than $11,000 for Family Eldercare.
“2016 was a record-breaking year, but 2017 promises to be even bigger,” said Carly Samuelson, Austin Gives Miles program coordinator. “Austin Gives Miles provides runners the opportunity to make their miles meaningful for the Central Texas charities we all care about and we anticipate that the program’s fourth year will bring the overall total raised to more than $1 million.”
Nonprofit organizations will be contacted and information will be disseminated via social media when the application process becomes available.
To learn more about the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon or Austin Gives Miles you can visit the website – www.youraustinmarathon.com. Follow the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon Facebook (facebook.com/YourAustinMarathon),Twitter (@austinmarathon), and Instagram (@austinmarathon) pages for news and updates.
About High Five Events: Beginning with the launch of a single triathlon in 2003, High Five Events has grown to become one of the largest privately owned event production companies in the United States. In addition to the events it owns and produces, the Austin, Texas-based company offers consulting and event production services to dozens of additional events each year. High Five Events is community-centric and has more than 45 years’ experience organizing large events across different venue types in a variety of locations. For more information visit www.highfiveevents.com. Follow H5E on Twitter (@highfiveevents), Instagram (@highfiveevents), and Facebook (facebook.com/HighFiveEventsWorldWide/) pages for news and updates.