Girls on the Run of South Central Wisconsin: New charitable partner announced for 2020 Madison Mini Marathon

Christine Benedict
(608) 831-4687
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MADISON, WI, January 2020 – Vision Event Management and Girls on the Run of South Central Wisconsin are proud to announce a new partnership with the Madison Mini Half Marathon/5K/Kids Run on August 22, 2020.  Girls on the Run has been awarded the Official Charitable Partner designation of the 12th Annual running event, which was voted Wisconsin’s Best Half Marathon in the 2019 RaceRaves Runners’ Poll.

Christine Benedict, Executive Director of Girls on the Run of South Central Wisconsin shared, “We are thrilled to have been selected as the charitable beneficiary of the Madison Mini Half Marathon. To be able to partner with one of the top half marathons in the country and an event with such a strong reputation in Wisconsin is an honor. Together we are poised to make a deep impact on our community – inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident through running.”

Since 2009, Madison Mini Half Marathon beneficiaries have received more than $150,000 in funds raised by partial registration proceeds and participant donations.

“The Girls on the Run mentorship program is unrivaled in its passion, practice and professionalism, and we are honored to welcome them as our official charitable partner of the Madison Mini Half Marathon” said Jeff Graves, founder and president of Vision Event Management, producer of the Madison Mini Half Marathon/5K/Kids’ Run.  “The energy and early support Christine and the Girls on the Run organization have exhibited has been spectacular.  Girls on the Run and the Madison Mini Half Marathon have a shared spirit surrounding fitness and the community.”

The Madison Mini Half Marathon is a scenic 13.1-mile course showcasing some of Madison’s most iconic landmarks. A popular Madison Mini 5K route is also offered as is a Kids’ Run to help keep future generations active.  The 2020 Madison Mini start line will feature runners of varying athletic abilities. Over 3,800 athletes from 38 states and 7 countries participated in the 2019 event.  Event highlights for participants include a real-time tracking app, a collectible medal, commemorative t-shirt, social media-ready race photos, complimentary post-race beverages, motivation from Cheer Challenge water stations, a family-friendly Festival Foods 14th Mile post-race party on Memorial Union Terrace over-looking Lake Mendota and more.    

Benedict continued, “The opportunity to gain exposure to our transformational program through the Madison Mini community will be game-changing for Girls on the Run. We are delighted to be able to share our stories of the long-term impact this program has on our youth with runners who understand the power and confidence that can come from setting a big goal and achieving it.”

Supporters of an active lifestyle may register or learn more about the 2020 Madison Mini Half Marathon volunteer opportunities at  Donations for Girls on the Run of South Central Wisconsin are also accepted on the Website.

Concluded Graves, “As the father of three daughters, I understand the importance of instilling confidence and youth empowerment.  I am thrilled that the Madison Mini Half Marathon is another venue to spotlight Girls on the Run, for not only fundraising but for volunteer coaching opportunities as well.  There are a lot of schools that have yet to offer Girls on the Run programs, and we are confident this partnership will enable Girls on the Run to have presence in more communities.