Runners Lace Up Their Shoes For Charity
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
And today's last word in business is a marathon year for charities.
Thousands of marathon runners are lacing up their shoes this fall. The Marine Corps Marathon is here in Washington D.C. on Sunday.
MARY LOUISE KELLY, host:
Those 26.2 miles are tough on the body, but turns out they're very good for charities. Ryan Lamppa is a spokesman for association Running U.S.A. He says last year's road races raised a billion dollars for charity and more than half of that, he says, came from marathons.
INSKEEP: This year he thinks a record half-million marathon runners could raise even more cash.
Mr. RYAN LAMPPA (Spokesman, Running U.S.A.): When you look at the fall marathons, like Marine Corps in Chicago and New York City, they're all reporting more charities at their events, raising more money.
KELLY: Lamppa says one in five runners in the big marathons do it for a good cause.
Mr. LAMPPA: They definitely do get that double benefit of I am doing this marathon for myself but also for something bigger than me.
INSKEEP: The surge in giving comes even as most Americans report they will be donating the same or less to charity due to the bad economy.