June 20, 2012BRISTOL—The New Hampshire Marathon is looking to make its milestone 20th year bigger and better than ever.
The race is set to take place on Sept. 29 at 9 a.m., but the preparations to get the event underway are still taking place.
With more than 50 sponsors of various degrees, the marathon continues to look for more event sponsorships in area.
"If other sponsors or businesses would like to get involved, they can get ahold of us, and we can still put them on the Web site," said co-race director Everett Begor. "It also isn't too late to get on our t-shirts."
There are several different levels of sponsorships, the first being a Product Sponsorship, where businesses can advertise on race day and they will have an insert in the Runner's Packet.
The next step up would be a local sponsor, where, for $25, the sponsor would receive an insert in the Runner's Packet and a listing on the NH Marathon Web site.
For $50, restaurants and hotels can get a Lodging and Restaurant Sponsorship which would entail being included in the listing for promotions, an insert in the Runner's Packet and a listing on the website.
Bronze Sponsors are the next step up, and for $150 would get a listing in promotions, listing on the t-shirt, an insert in the Runner's Packet, web listing and one complimentary race entry.
The Silver Sponsor for $500 includes the standard listing in promotion, insert in the Runner's Packet and Web listing, but would also receive: their logo on the event t-shirt, their logo on the event poster, and two complimentary race entries.
With $1,000, interested sponsors could become a gold sponsor, which would include a Web listing, listing in promotions and an insert in the Runner's Packet, their logo on the race t-shirt, their logo on the race posters, but would also include four complimentary race entries, ad a booth at the race site.
The final level of sponsorship is the Title Sponsor for $5,000. The Title Sponsor would receive everything that the Gold Sponsor has plus ten complimentary race entries, the sponsor would be the sole sponsor on the race name, the right of refusal for next year, company representative at the finish line.
"We haven't had anyone be a Title Sponsor yet," said Begor. "Every year, we hope someone will step up and be the highest level of sponsor, but it hasn't happened yet."
Though they haven't had a Title Sponsor for the marathon, organizers have had enough sponsors to be able to donate $112,750 to charities since 1995.
"For the Tapply-Thompson Community Center, they donated $5,000 last year," said co-race director Dan MacLean. "I think they donate $5,000 to each of them, and that's what it's been for the past several years which is just awesome."
Even if your business or organization cannot be a sponsor, the marathon requires dozens of volunteers to make everything run smoothly, from parking cars to handing out water at various water stations, volunteers are always sought after.
"We're very lucky that we have a tremendous community that backs programs for youth, and that's what this is," said Bagor. "We have great volunteers, and are still looking for people to help park cars, run water stops and whatever else."
The NH Marathon also provides more than just a marathon, and includes a recently added half marathon, 10K and a health walk allowing anyone of any level to participate during the day. Also for those who aren't runners or walkers, there will also be lots of food and a craft show.
"We are also looking for people interested in participating in the crafts show," said Begar.
To get involved with the NH Marathon, call 774-3335 or 774-2713. You can also e mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the official NH Marathon Web site for more information at www.nhmarathon.com.