The 5th annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races were held on March 10, with a total of 725 finishers on a beautiful spring day in Emerald Isle. Thanks to a great turnout, great sponsors, and great volunteers, the races generated total net proceeds of $36,000 that have been distributed to two great causes.
At the April 10 Town meeting, Race Director (and Town Commissioner) Candace Dooley and Race Committee members presented a check for $18,000 (50% of race proceeds) to the Town’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee for future bicycle and pedestrian improvements in Emerald Isle.
Dooley and the Race Committee members also presented a check for $18,000 (50% of race proceeds) to Little Pink Houses of Hope, a breast cancer charity that routinely provides vacation opportunities for breast cancer victims in Emerald Isle.
Since its inception in 2014, the races have raised approximately $240,000 for bicycle and pedestrian improvements in Emerald Isle and various health charities. Thank you to all who have participated, supported, and volunteered for this great annual event over the past 5 years!