Marathon organizers looking for funding

Peninsula News Network

12/13/04

The Port Angeles city council is encouraging organizers of the North Olympic Discovery Marathon to apply for Chamber of Commerce funding to help subsidize the popular event this coming year.

Marathon organizers are scrambling to find additional dollars to operate the race this coming summer, after a falling out with the North Olympic Visitor and Convention Bureau. VCB had been helping to fund the race during itís first two years with contributions of $5000. But race officials told PNN earlier this week that the VCB is pulling that funding, saying the race doesnít enhance lodging in the county, especially in the off-season.

The news comes as a blow to the race, which drew thousands of runners last year and has forced the Marathon group is start searching for other sponsorships.

This week, Race Director Larry Little asked the city council for funding, but was told the Marathon would have to follow the established process of asking for a grant through the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce. Council members encouraged him to apply for that money, which will be allocated in January.

 

 

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