State Fair Marathon a huge success. YMCA benefits | Letters to the Editor

On behalf of the Grand Island YMCA and the Race Committee, we would like to thank the Grand Island community for the tremendous support given to the 2021 State Fair Marathon Race Series. Your generosity helps open our doors to all members of the community through membership and scholarships.

The Grand Island YMCA is focused on providing opportunities for youth development, healthy lifestyles and social responsibility. We believe that no one should be turned away because of an inability to pay. Together, we continue to help those in need.

Over 750 runners from 36 states and three countries, ages two to 93, competed in the Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run. The races started and ended at the State Fairgrounds, and the course took runners through city streets and various attractions throughout our community. Each runner brings with them approximately 2.2 people who also support the Nebraska State Fair and our community.

Thank you to our host, the Nebraska State Fair, and to all of the volunteers who helped out in the weeks leading up to the race as well as on race day. We had over 500 volunteers! Special thanks to the GICC, GISH and Northwest school clubs, as well as the Boy Scouts, for their tremendous contribution to making this event even more spectacular. This event is not possible without the help of these amazing people.


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