Runners Lace Up Their Shoes For Charity

Marathons may be tough on the body but they are very good for charities. Ryan Lamppa, a spokesman for Running USA, says last year's road races raised $1 billion for charity. He says more than half of that came from marathons.


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.


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.

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