As the ASICS Falmouth Road Race on August 20, 2023 draws near, the event has confirmed a tie-up with more than 200 Massachusetts-based charities.
The charities participate in the Numbers for Nonprofits Program (NFNP). Returning to partner with the event in 2023, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund has hosted a team of runners for the vast majority of the program’s history and are considered legacy partners by the event.
Dana-Farber’s Falmouth Road Race team has raised more than US$9.5 million since 2003, helping the institute’s physicians and scientists in treatments for cancer.
Charitable giving has been a part of the ASICS Falmouth Road Race from its inception when money was raised for the Falmouth High School girl’s track team at the inaugural running in 1973. The Numbers For Nonprofits program was launched formally in 2000. Every year, in addition to the money raised by runners, the race makes direct donations to local non-profits, scholarships, community organizations and sports teams. The race has helped charity partners raise over US$56.5 million to date.
“Authentic, local community partnerships are what make this race so unique,” said Scott Ghelfi, President of the Falmouth Road Race board of directors.
“Even as we went from a small-town race in 1973 to the world-renowned sporting event we are today, we knew that maintaining that ‘small-town feel’ – and keeping our focus on Massachusetts charities – was vital to our event’s culture and legacy.
“Our partnership with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund is a legacy we want to foster for years to come. They allow our runners to bring meaning to their miles and generously shine a light on the hundreds of non-profit organizations that take part in our program.”
Organizations seeking to be a part of the Numbers for Nonprofits program must be a Massachusetts-based 501(c)3 organization and must submit an application to be considered. The application window is open from August 31 – October 31 each year.