Members of the N.H. Marathon Committee and representatives of the nonprofit groups the race supports each year were pleased by the $4,000 donation from Bristol Hannaford recently, making them once again the Title Sponsor for the 2020 race. From left to right are Dan MacLean of Tapply-Thompson Community Center, Race Director Bob Watson, Hannaford Manager Chris O'Leary, marathon board members Carol Huber and John Clayton, and Cindy and Kaelyn Williams, representing the Circle Program. Missing from the photo is Monica Zulauf of the Mayhew Program. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
June 27, 2020BRISTOL – Bristol Hannaford Store Manager Chris O'Leary was happy to present the N.H. Marathon Committee with a check for $4,000 from his corporation, making them once again this year's Title Sponsor for the event, which draws runners from not only all across the country but from other countries as well. This is the fourth year in a row that Hannaford has taken the lead in supporting the marathon.
The race, established in 1993, is comprised of not just the marathon competition but also offers a half-marathon course, a 10K course and a Kid's Marathon.
Now in its 28th year, proceeds from the race each year benefit the Tapply-Thompson Community Center's programs for area children, the Circle Program for girls and the Mayhew Program for boys. Last year, the N.H. Marathon was able to donate $7,550 to each of those organizations.
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, the marathon committee is hopeful that the race this year will still be held as planned this fall.
"We're exploring different options but hope to run it as normal," committee members said.
This year's marathon is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Oct. 3, but the committee asks that people monitor their Web site, nhmarathon.com, for updates and more information as it becomes available.