Lansing Marathon Sparks Interest of Runners Across Michigan
More than one thousand runners lined the streets of Downtown Lansing for their respective races on May 3 and 4 in the third annual Lansing Marathon! There were four different races available for adult participants of all running-levels: full-marathon (26.2 miles), half-marathon (13.1 miles), 5K (3.1 miles), and a special marathon ekiden relay (26.2 miles).
MSUFCU was excited to see so many employees come out for the marathon, including Chelsea, a Credit Union employee, whose marathon ekiden relay team won first place this year.
“Participating in events like the Lansing Marathon always leaves me feeling inspired. Seeing the sense of accomplishment on the runners faces as they crossed the finish line after their marathons and half marathons was truly amazing,” said Chelsea, an MSUFCU employee. “As a participant in the marathon relay, I had a lot of fun working together with my team—in what is usually an individual sport—and sharing in our achievements afterwards!”
Also, as part of the Lansing Marathon series, hundreds of kids came out for the free kids’ run, a 1.5 mile course that is specialized for the younger runners of mid-Michigan.
The Credit Union was pleased to sponsor this section of the marathon again this year and work toward our goal of promoting healthy living. On the day of the race, employees had the opportunity to show their support as a volunteer for the kids’ run, which helped to provide an extra special experience as the children were cheered on from the sidelines.
“We always have a great turnout of employees wishing to volunteer for events across mid-Michigan, and this event was no different. The kids’ run gave us with a chance to promote positive, non-competitive activity for children of all ages,” commented Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and CEO.
Proceeds from the 2014 Lansing Marathon went to support the Lansing Moves the World Foundation, Beekman Therapeutic Riding Center, Lansing Boys and Girls Club, Capital Area Down Syndrome Association, and We For Girls.