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Charities provide last chance to run in Pittsburgh Marathon

Saturday, March 27, 2010

It's too late to register for the Pittsburgh Marathon as an individual. The deadline to register with a charity for the May 2 race is rapidly approaching, too.

Participating charities must submit their list of runners by Thursday. While some organizations, such as LIVESTRONG, are at their limit, space remains with others. The fundraising minimums vary, depending on the race and organization.

Marathon charity program manager Adriane Deithorn said the race went from five organizations last year to 30 in 2010. Organizers expect the race to raise $750,000, up from $100,000 in 2009.

Below is a partial list of charities still accepting runners. For a full list, visit

Alzheimer's Association/ALZStars — Availability remains in the full marathon, half marathon and relay. Team members must raise a minimum of $1,000. Call Alyssa Kaczmarek at 412-261-5040 ext. 111 or e-mail

American Cancer Society, Allegheny/Armstrong Counties — Space is available in full ($1,000 minimum), half ($500) and relay ($250 per team member). Call 724-309-3776.

Girls on the Run/SoleMates — Availability remains for the marathon and half-marathon, with a fundraising commitment of $500 in addition to registration fees. The minimum individual relay commitment is $262, plus registration fees. Visit

Running for Laptops — Space is available in the full and half-marathon, and there is at least one relay slot. Runners work in teams of 10 to raise at least $1,000 per team (minimum $100 per person). E-mail or visit

Team in Training — There are spots available. Call 412-395-2873.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Pittsburgh affiliate — Spaces are available in all races. Fundraising minimums are $500 for the full marathon, $250 for the half and $500 per team for the relay. The deadline to enter and submit donations is noon April 1. Visit

Gilda's Club of Western Pennsylvania — Spots are available. The fundraising minimum is $600 and includes entry to the RUNPGH running club and access to the fundraising site. Visit, call 412-338-1919 or e-mail

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation — Space is available for the full, half and relay. Bib cost is $250 per person. Call 724-934-0034.

Big Brothers Big Sisters — Space is available for full, half and relay. The fundraising minimum is $325. Visit or call 412-204-1219.

AID (Association for India's Development) Pittsburgh chapter — Some spaces are available. The fundraising minimum is $325 for full, $250 for half and $625 for relay team. E-mail or call 412-728-5328.

OAR (Organization for Autism Research) Run for Autism — Limited spaces are left for full, half and relay. The fundraising minimum is $250 for the full and half and $500 per team for the relay. Email or call 703-243-9710.

The Mario Lemieux Foundation — Limited spaces remain. The fundraising minimum is $500 and includes the registration fee. Visit

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital — No spaces remain, but there is a waiting list. Call 412-521-2059.

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