Rain or shine, a local group of marathoners get together to train every week, but they’re using their love of running to help people in Centre County get the medical and dental care they need.
“Ya know, there is some personal gain in running these races and running marathons, but being able to…do something bigger than yourself — that’s going to be huge,” runner Doug Schunk said.
Marathoners for Medicine has been using their races to raise money for the patients at Centre Volunteers in Medicine for the past 15 years. Centre Volunteers in Medicine is a free clinic that provides medical and dental care for people without insurance or that can’t afford it.
“They last year raised about $40,000. All total in 15 years have raised over $600,000 for patients at Centre Volunteers in Medicine,” Centre Volunteers in Medicine Development Coordinator Sue Forster said.
While pushing their bodies to the limit can be tough, they say helping those in need is the ultimate prize.
“It’s a great program, that is provided to the community, and I’m just happy that I can be a part of helping to have their services continue,” runner Amanda Marshall said.
“If it means…raising some funds just by running, by running marathons, or running some other races that people are doing…whatever we can do to help out it’s, that’s what it’s about,” Schunk said.