Surf City USA Marathon’s ‘Run for Mobility’ Nears $2 Million Fundraising Threshold

For the sixth consecutive year, the Surf City USA Marathon is partnering with the Irvine, Calif.-based Free Wheelchair Mission for the Run for Mobility scheduled to take place Feb. 6, 2011. The event expects more than 20,000 runners from around the world.

“The Run for Mobility is one of Free Wheelchair Mission’s most valued partnerships. It gives runners the ability to provide the transforming gift of a wheelchair around the world,” Free Wheelchair Mission founder Don Schoendorfer, stated in a press release. “Run for Mobility has become a cornerstone of our annual fund raising efforts and would not be possible without the support of the entire Surf City Marathon management team.”

Surf City USA Marathon runners have raised more than $1,800,000. With a target goal of $300,000 and 5,000 additional wheelchairs for 2011, Run for Mobility has implemented several programs to encourage participation including the inaugural Team-Training-Together (T3), a free training program for first-time and seasoned runners. T3 provides coached groups every other week as well as valuable tips on proper hydration, nutrition, effective cross training, flexibility and other run-related topics.

Globally, Free Wheelchair Mission has manufactured and shipped 521,000 wheelchairs to 77 countries since it was launched in 2001.

“It’s truly amazing to think that our race in Huntington Beach has impacted so many needy people across the globe,” Surf City USA Marathon General Manager Amy Tomchak, stated. “There are few opportunities to make such a significant impact on so many lives and running for those who can’t is a great way to make the race more meaningful for everyone involved.”

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