The Nittany Valley Running Club Marathoners For Medicine (M4M) is a team of NVRC runners who raise funds for Centre Volunteers in Medicine. CVIM is a local community health resource center that provides medical care, dental care, case management, and medication assistance to our local neighboring residents without health insurance. M4M participants help by running a Spring marathon, half-marathon, or ultramarathon road or trail race and soliciting donations for CVIM from friends, relatives, and colleagues, with the race they are running as a focus of their fundraising.
Marathoners For Medicine started in 2003 when John Domico decided to raise funds for CVIM as part of his running of the Boston Marathon. The next year, he had several companions and the Marathoners For Medicine has grown since then. M4M has raised close to a million dollars for CVIM over the years.
If you are planning to run a long Spring race and would like your effort to benefit an excellent local charity, sign up for M4M. Runners pay their race expenses and then solicit funds from people they know via email, social media, and though a fundraising page that is set up for them on the CVIM web site. CVIM depends on donations, and any amount that an M4M runner raises by being part of the team goes directly to CVIM.
For those not running a marathon or half-marathon, but who would still like to donate to CVIM in the name of the M4M team, details on how to do so for the 2017 runners will appear shortly.
M4M has a kick-off potluck and media day every Spring. M4Mers go in groups to Boston, Pittsburgh, Poconos, and several other marathons and half-marathons, as well as ultramarathons and long trail races. Marty Klanchar produced a list of marathons and half-marathons for 2017. But really, any long Spring race can serve as a focus.
If you want to donate to the 2017 team, or to individual runners on that team, visit the M4M fundraising page at CVIM.