They call it Marathon on Myrtle.
“It’s just great for the community,” says Brandon Campbell of Toyota of Stamford. ”We have so many local businesses, charities getting involved.”
For a second year, teams of runners took to treadmills Sunday to raise funds for a family in need. Greenwich based Family Centers partnered with Toyota of Stamford to make the charity event a reality.
“This year it was a local family here in Stamford who lost everything in a house fire so they need everything from pots and pans to bedding to mattresses; everything that they need to get back on their feet, in addition to buying holiday gifts for the kids in the family.
“So many people are less than fortunate and just going the extra mile, no pun intended, for that family is well worth it and it’s a pleasure to do,” says Campbell.
“Anything that’s left over is actually donated to family centers to start a pre-school scholarship fund for families in need,” says Brucker.
Last year’s inaugural event was held at the Toyota dealership on Myrtle Avenue. But this year’s Marathon on Myrtle was held at Underground Fitness on Hope Street.
“We actually almost doubled in size,” says Campbell. “Last year we had three teams, this year we had five teams so we kind of outgrew ourselves.”
Each team ran 26 miles for the cause.
“I was happy to be a part of it and happy to do my part to support Family Centers,” says participant Cerissa Orbegoso. “I’m a local social worker as well so I understand their mission and I think they’re an organization that reaches many in our community.”
The event raised $5,000 last year and Brucker says he’s confident they’ll hit the mark again this year.
“It’s been a great partnership with Toyota of Stamford and we’re just building on the relationship every year and we’re looking to make this even bigger and make it a holiday tradition,” Brucker says.