In its almost 13 years, the Baltimore Running Festival has been a key event for many charity organizations using the races as an avenue to raise money for their causes. None, perhaps, more so than Team in Training, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In fact, since 2005, when the two organizations began working together, TNT has raised close to $2 million via the BRF.
If you’ve participated in any past BRF event, you’ve undoubtedly seen the ubiquitous purple shirts of TNT participants out on the course–the charity has helped over 1,000 people cross the finish line at a BRF race. The team also organizes the busiest water stop on the course. Over 100 volunteers man the stop, one of the most vital stops out there because every race distance passes it.
This year, TNT is celebrating 25 years. It began when Bruce Cleland ran the NYC Marathon with over 30 friends to raise funds in honor of his daughter, Georgia, who is today a leukemia survivor. Since then, TNT participants have raised over $1.3 billion toward the fight against blood cancers, and over half a million participants have completed marathons, triathlons, cycling and other athletic events on behalf of TNT.
For Maryland TNT participants, the BRF represents a signature, large-scale local race on which to focus. According to TNT, its team looks forward to the event every year because family and friends can line the route and cheer them on. In addition, the team coaches and staff know the course well and can share their knowledge with the participants, which makes the event that much more enjoyable come race day.
This year, Georgia Cleland herself will be the official starter of the half marathon, making the BRF a perfect way to celebrate TNT’s 25-year anniversary. Look for her at the TNT water stop, and dozens of other TNT runners in all four of the BRF events on race day.
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You can see a full list of BRF charities here.