In keeping with its mission statement, the Big Sur International Marathon has continued its support of local charities through distribution of grant funding. This year, $220,000 in grants were awarded to 76 organizations on the Monterey Peninsula and in Big Sur.

Since its inaugural event in 1986, the Big Sur International Marathon has been able to provide grant funding, primarily to organizations that help stage the race. Scout groups, youth and arts associations, health organizations, volunteer fire brigades, school programs and others are among the beneficiaries.

“The Big Sur Marathon makes a significant contribution to the health and welfare of our community,” noted race chairman Wayne Richey. “We want to help those that are helping us fulfill our goals of staging a world class event.”

The Big Sur International Marathon is a 501(c)3 non profit organization whose mission is to serve the community by producing a world-class marathon and related fun events that raise money to benefit local charities, while promoting health and fitness. The primary source of funding is from sponsor contributions and individual donations.

To date, 2.9 million has been donated throughout Monterey County from the marathon. An additional $377,000 has been donated to groups from the newer Half Marathon on Monterey Bay and directly to schools from the annual Schools’ Competition held during marathon weekend.

The grants were awarded at an annual reception held October 16 at Ferrante’s atop the Monterey Marriott.
A complete list of recipients is included below.

American Red Cross
Apple Pie School
Big Sur Charter School
Big Sur Grange
Big Sur Health Center
Big Sur Learning Project
Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade
Big Sur Friends of Library
California Nursing Students Assoc of MPC
Captain Cooper School Parent Club
Carmel High School Girls Swim/Dive
Carmel High Track & Field/Cross Country
Carmel Highlands Emergency Response Program
Carmel Highlands Volunteer Firefighters
Carmel Host Lion Club
Carmel Mission Catholic Youth Ministry
Carmel Mission Foundation
Carmel Valley Community Youth Center
Carmel Youth Center
Central Coast HIV/AIDS Services
Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers
Child Abuse Prev. Council, Monterey County Health Dept.
Community Partnership for Youth
Cypress Fire, Company 72
Fire Safe Council for Monterey County
Friends of Monterey Public Library
Gazebo School/Park
Girl Scout Artemis Leadership Camp
Girl Scout Destination
Girls Inc. of Central Coast (Seaside High)
Hartnell College Physics Club
Henry Miller Memorial Library
International School
Japanese Language School
Junipero Serra School Washington Program
Juvenile Impact Program
Kinship Center
Kiwanis Club of Pacific Grove
Knights of Columbus
Marina High National Honor Society
Mid-Coast Fire Brigade
Monterey County Association of Realtors
Monterey Community Emergency Response Volunteers
Monterey County Habitat for Humanity
Monterey High Cross Country Boosters
Monterey High Wrestling Club
Monterey Peninsula Choral Society
Monterey Peninsula Diving
Monterey Peninsula Gymnastics Assoc.
Monterey Peninsula Supply Corps Association
MPC Child Development Center
Naval Postgraduate School Cycling Club
Old Capitol Lions Club
Pacific Grove High Boys Soccer
Pacific Grove High Breaker Wrestling
Pacific Grove High Music Boosters
Pacific Grove High Track and Cross Country Dept
Pacific Unified School District
Rising Star Gymnastics Booster Club
Robert Down School PTA
Salinas Valley Pony Softball
Santa Catalina School
Seaside High Cross Country/Track
Seaside High Girls Softball
Troop 123, Boy Scouts of America
Troop 127, Boy Scouts of America
Troop 2, Boy Scouts of America
Troop 43, Boy Scouts of America
Troop 60, Boy Scouts of America
Troop 90, Boy Scouts of America
Upper Reaches
Ventana Wildlife Society
Venture Crew 122
White Stag Leadership
York School