Running for charity is a good way to turn calories into dollars for a just cause, whereas running from charity is the only way to avoid allergic reactions to the milk of human kindness. Make the world a better place one footfall at a time with today’s Groupon to 26.2 With Donna The National Marathon To Finish Breast Cancer on February 12 in Jacksonville Beach. Choose between the following options:
- For $47, you get registration for the half marathon (a $95 value).
- For $62, you get registration for the full marathon (a $125 value).
Marathoners explode from the Mayo Clinic Campus in Jacksonville Beach, chasing a cure for cancer out of scenic townships, through tidal marshlands, and down packed-sand beaches on a 26.2-mile quest for the Fifth Annual 26.2 With Donna The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer. Race organizers grant both full- and half-marathon runners seven hours to take down their section of course, allowing those going the full distance to run 16-minute miles and those running half distance to stop for a taco every nine minutes. Water stations stand at the ready to revitalize bodies with hydrating essentials at every mile-marker on the course, with odd-mile locations serving electrolyte-rich Gatorade courtesy of race sponsor Winn-Dixie. Due to a mutually intense respect for running, both spectators and nature-friendly portable restrooms turn out to line the course at every bend and straightaway. As participants leave the paved and peopled pathways of Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, and Atlantic Beach, they detour onto 2.5 miles of packed-sand beaches to soak in the sights of the Florida coastline and get a chance to prove that two legs are better than five in sprint-offs with beached starfish.
All proceeds directly benefit the charitable efforts of The Donna Foundation, a group of individuals who seek to aid and alleviate the physical and emotional pains caused by breast cancer. Since its inaugural year in 2008, 26.2 with Donna has contributed more than $2 million to its beneficiaries which has helped more than 5,000 individuals impacted by the disease. Seventy percent of proceeds generated by the marathon will be donated by the foundation to the Mayo Clinic’s breast-cancer-research division, dedicated to developing new and more efficient ways to detect and treat the disease. The remaining 30% go to the The Donna Foundation to aid breast cancer patients with critical financial needs.