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Charleston Marathon's Success Benefits the Arts 1/21/2013

Charleston Marathon's Success Benefits the Arts!

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The Third Annual Charleston Marathon went off without a hitch this past weekend, thanks in no small part to the dedicated staff, teachers, students and community members who came Drum Line and runnerout in droves to participate and lend a helping hand. We are so very proud of all our participating schools and the creative flair they bring to this memorable weekend of events!

The race results are in--check out the Post and Courier article to read about the winners.

All proceeds from marathon events benefit the R. Keith and Deborah C. Summey Youth Endowment for the Arts (YEA), a local non-profit that supports fine arts programming in Charleston County Schools. We are patiently awaiting the news about funds raised this year for YEA (check back here for updates.)

In 2011, the Charleston Marathon raised $40,000 for the YEA, and that number increased by 50% in 2012, to $60,000. These much needed funds are used towards grants for arts Marathon startprogramming in CCSD schools.

We'd like to share some quotes from the Charleston Marathon Executive Committee about the success of this year's event:

"The impact of last year's Charleston Marathon on our schools and in the planning of this year's Marathon was beautifully illustrated in the extremely strong level of school participation and the unbelievably positive feedback from runners. The performances, the artwork, the course, the volunteers: all of these contributed to the overall experience - just like any quality arts performance! Charleston County School District staff, students and parents really showed up to make this a success!" Zoe Roff, Fine Arts Technician, Access and Opportunity

youth marathon start"The Charleston Marathon is such a great event because of the wonderful people who live, and work in Charleston! Our CCSD volunteers were simply amazing. Runners are beginning to travel from all over the United States and several foreign countries to participate in this event because of you. From our mayors and our superintendent to our teachers, parents, and students, everyone who supported the Marathon weekend in any capacity deserve credit for this year's success. Thank you for all that you did and thank you for your support us as we continue to develop this into one of the premier races in the country. Thank you for going the distance for the arts." Jim Braunreuther, Ph.D., Charleston County Fine Arts Learning Specialist, Access and Opportunity

"Every one with CCSD on Sunday, and throughout the entire weekend went above and beyond to welcome our participants, to set up and volunteer and to bring our races and rides to a much higher level than ever before. The big difference this year, and the reason we are student cheering on runnersearning so many nice compliments is due in large part to the connection, treatment, and kindness from CCSD staff." Charles M. Fox, Fox Music House, Inc.

"It has been so refreshing to see teams of school volunteers banding together to make the 2013 Charleston marathon a huge success. Without the support of school groups, individual volunteers, performers and parents, we could not pull off such a mammoth event. From Cheerleaders to tiny water station helpers, dancers to PTA members, CCSD volunteers truly 'did' the Charleston!" Kyle Lahm, Youth Endowment for the Arts board of directors, City of North Charleston Mayor's office

(some photos courtesy of David Quick, Post and Courier)

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