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Livestrong announces tie to Marathon Relay

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published May 23, 2013

The Livestrong Foundation, which dropped its title sponsorship of the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon in April, announced today it will become the beneficiary of the car2go Marathon Relay.

The race, consisting of six equal legs of 4.37 miles each, is scheduled for Sept. 22 and will begin and end on Riverside Drive, across from Auditorium Shores. Teams of two to six will collectively run a full marathon of 26.2 miles.

Registration for the race, whose official (and unwieldy) name is the Car2go Marathon Relay Benefitting the Livestrong Foundation, is open at www.TheMarathonRelay.com. Entry fee is $210 per team.

Proceeds from the event, formerly the RetailMeNot Marathon Relay, will benefit the Livestrong Foundation, which provides free cancer support services for people affected by cancer. In the past, the race has benefited Junior Achievement, but that organization’s contract with the race has ended, said Andrew Tanker of Livestrong.

Livestrong acquired the relay because it aligned with what supporters have asked for - more diverse opportunities to compete, raise funds for cancer treatment and improve their fitness, Tanker said. It’s more attainable for a broader range of people because participants only have to run a little more than 4 miles, versus 26.2 or 13.1 for the marathon or half marathon.

The non-profit organization has collaborated with car2go since February 2010, before the car-sharing program’s public launch.

Car2go members can use the fleet of cars at no cost while volunteering in Livestrong’s transportation program, which offers cancer survivors free rides to and from medical appointments in Travis County.

For more information about Livestrong, go to www.livestrong.org.