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Surf City USA Marathon benefits Free Wheelchair Mission

The largest oceanfront marathon and half marathon event is teaming up with the non-profit in order to raise funds for those in need

by Karina AlexanderPublished: January 21, 2013 08:45 AM

For the eighth year in a row, Huntington Beach’s Surf City USA Marathon is teaming up with Irvine-based Free Wheelchair Mission, an international nonprofit organization, to raise funds for those in need. The Free Wheelchair Mission provides wheelchairs to disabled individuals living in impoverished, developing nations. The “Run for Mobility” encourages all participants in the marathon to use the race as a way raise funds for the organization.

“Over the past eight years, the Surf City USA Marathon is consistently one of our largest annual events, both in terms of fundraising dollars and overall participation," said Ariel Rigney, project and event manager at Free Wheelchair Mission. "It's also critical in terms of marketing exposure, access to the public and is our largest volunteer engagement event."

Since the start of the 2006 partnership, Surf City USA Marathon runners have raised almost $2 million for the organization, which has allowed the group to provide 35,000 wheelchairs to people in need. The 2012 “Run for Mobility” included 350 runners and raised enough funds for 2,400 wheelchairs.

"Our partnership with Free Wheelchair Mission has far exceeded anything that I ever envisioned," said Amy Tomchak, Surf City USA General Manager. "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."

The 2013 Surf City Marathon will take place the morning of Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3. The event includes a full 26.2-mile oceanfront marathon course, as well as a half-marathon. To register, visit the Run Surf City website, and to learn how to raise funds for Free Wheelchair Mission, click here.

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