Boston Marathon Numbers Available in Natick!
Town Seeks Local Runners to Raise Funds for Two Natick Charities
UPDATED FEBRUARY 8, 2011
Due to an insufficient number of applications, the Town of Natick is extending the deadline for submission of Letters of Interest from prospective runners. Applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.
The Town has been provided 20 “invitational” applications by the Boston Athletic Association (“BAA”) and is pleased to offer local residents and charity runners with an opportunity to compete in the 115th Boston Marathon® on April 18, 2011. These invitational entries will allow Natick to raise funds for worthy community causes.
On Monday, January 10th, the Natick Board of Selectmen endorsed Town Administrator Martha White’s proposal to issue several of the permits to members of the Natick Police Department who run the Boston Marathon®, issue 5-6 of the permits to the Natick Fire Department to be donated to The Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center in Hopkinton – an organization long supported by Natick Firefighters, and the balance of Natick’s invitational entries being used to support the following causes:
• Bringing the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Moving Wall™ to Natick this summer www.movingwallnatick.org
• The Healthy Pantry Initiative, a collaboration between the Natick Community Organic Farm www.natickfarm.org and the Natick Service Council www.natickservicecouncil.org
Both of these charities will enable runners to raise tax-deductible donations and the Town of Natick will work with the selected runners to enable the processing of online (credit card) donations.
• The Marathon entry fee is $300, to be paid by the runner
• The minimum fundraising contribution is $2,500. Runners must guarantee this minimum fundraising level with a credit card but, of course, higher fundraising levels are encouraged.
• All prospective runners must submit a Letter of Interest. Letters will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis, so to guarantee an entry, get your Letter of Interest in as soon as possible. Letters may be hand delivered to the Town Administrator’s office in Natick Town Hall, 2nd floor or submitted by email to Maureen Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letters of interest must include the runner’s name, address and phone number, designation of the charity for which funds will be raised, and indication of the amount of funds you commit to raising for the charity.
The Town Administrator’s office can be reached at 508-647-6410.