Members of the Grand County High School track team help in the gear bag area at a previous Canyonlands Half Marathon finish. Moab Half Marathon will be donating funds to the track team this year. [Photo courtesy Moab Half Marathon]

With the addition of a new race, the Thelma & Louise Half Marathon, Moab Half Marathon, Inc., was once again able to donate to local non-profits. Considerable participation in giving and fundraising efforts resulted in generating $33,500 to benefit predominantly local non-profits and community organizations in 2012.

Recipients of donations included Community Rebuilds, Canyonlands Community Recycling, Youth Garden Project, Moab Regional Hospital, Seekhaven, Teen Center, Canyonlands Rodeo Committee, Grand County High School boys and girls soccer teams, cross country team, track team, service scholarship, and honor society.

Most contributions were given by the organization, while some were directly donated by runners through Moab Half Marathon’s Charity Registration.

“We are grateful for all of the amazing organizations willing to help out in whatever way they can and in turn we want to give back to them to show our appreciation,” said race director Ranna Bieschke. “Our volunteers generate tons of positive feedback on how smoothly our events run, and there’s no way it would happen without the individuals and groups involved in the races.”

Support also went to the local chapter of Girls on the Run, a national organization designed to inspire third through sixth grade girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through running.

Moab Half Marathon staff donated time and supplies to coach program participants.

“The program has benefited over 100 girls in its three year history here in Moab,” said Bieschke, who helped coach fifth and sixth grade participants.

Moab Half Marathon events in 2013 will include the Canyonlands Half Marathon and Five Mile Run on March 16, Thelma & Louise Half Marathon on June 1, The Other Half on Oct. 20, and the Winter Sun 10K on Dec. 7.