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Mile proceeds help local runners

JFK 50

January 15, 2009

Last fall's annual JFK 50 Mile Ultramarathon raised funds for nonprofit organizations through entry fees and sponsorships.

The JFK 50 Mile donated $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization that assists men and women of the armed forces who have been severely injured during conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations around the world. The program helps veterans enjoy sports, including skiing, fishing and running. Some of the competitors in the 2008 ultra-marathon individually raised money and awareness for the program. Also, some entrants in the 2008 JFK were wounded warriors.

The JFK 50 Mile has also announced that proceeds from the 2008 ultramarathon will help support cross country and track and field programs at Boonsboro High School, Brunswick (Md.) High School, Chambersburg (Pa.) Area Senior High School, Smithsburg High School, Williamsport High School, Greencastle-Antrim (Pa.) High School, Clear Spring High School, and Hagerstown Community College, as well as South Hagerstown High School's Christian Athlete Association, Young Life Christian Association and Shepherd's Spring. The JFK 50 Mile also helps sponsor the scholarship fund associated with the Chambersburg Road Runners Club's annual half marathon.

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Several local fire and rescue squads are also benefiting from donations, and a portion of the event proceeds have been donated to support the USA National Team competing in the 2009 International Association of Ultra Runners (IAU) World Cup 100K.

The JFK 50 Mile is the primary fundraiser for the Cumberland Valley Athletic Club that subsidizes Tri-State area scholastic athletes in post-season elite competitions and post-scholastic track and field athletes. Also, the Pete Wright Memorial All-Comers Track and Field Series in Washington County will be made possible free of charge to students this summer because of proceeds from the event.

A new movie about the JFK 50 Mile was produced for Runner's World magazine. The video is almost six-minutes long, and is posted online at http://www.marylandmemories.org/jfk2008.html. The documentary was produced by Maryland-based Oella Works for Runner's World.

The 2009 JFK 50 Mile is scheduled for Nov. 21. To visit the JFK 50 Mile Web site, go to www.jfk50mile.org.

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