St. Joe River Marathon to help those in need

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It takes great people to make a great community, and St. Maries has plenty.

The most recent group to step up in an effort to improve the quality of life for our community is the organizers of the St. Joe River Marathon.

For the past two years the group has showcased St. Maries as a great community through its annual race.

Recently the committee applied for non-profit, charitable status in order to provide financial assistance to local families with members who have been diagnosed with cancer.

“I think we have the potential to really help people in town and affect families in a very positive way.” organizer Devon Barta said.

Though the intent of the race has always been to benefit the community, organizers felt it pressing to complete the process after the cancer-related death of one of the race’s founders, Dr. John Thomson, last September.

Aside from the incorporation the event will have few changes this year. The children’s fun run will be June 8 and the 5K, half-marathon and marathon will be the following day. The course will reflect last year’s in going through downtown.

Those who do not wish to participate in the race but still want to help with the cause can donate directly to the foundation or help sponsor the race.

Registration is now open and available online at www.stjoerivermarathon.com. Approximately 40 people have already registered for the race.

 

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