Registration for the 11th edition of the Penny Marathon opens on May 16. The event takes place on July 10. The charity event to raise funds for stray animals was started in Greece by two Greek-Australians in 2012 and over the years has taken place simultaneously in cities across Greece, Australia and other parts of the world.
This year the event will take place in Melbourne and Sydney as well as Athens, Kalamata, Salamina and Larissa. In North America, the event will take place in Vancouver and Washington.
The event is organized and run by volunteers and the organizers state on their website: “Participants run, cycle, swim, paddle and ride (and not only!) 42 kilometers to raise awareness of the plight of these animals. But it’s not just a marathon anymore. We host events throughout the year to get our message heard everywhere.
For those who cannot participate in the mentioned cities, they can register and participate in “solo events”.
Since its inception, organizers have raised $122,000 and donated the money to 164 animal rescue groups and individual rescuers in six countries.
The organization said there are more than a million stray pets living and fending for themselves in Greek cities. In Australia, 60,000 healthy animals were euthanized each year because no homes could be found for them.
The funding contributes to the process of rescuing and rehoming rescued animals. In Australia, money raised through the Penny Marathon has been donated to established charities to rescue animals from euthenisation and find them temporary homes until a new home is found for them.
* For more information, visit the Penny Marathon at www.pennymarathon.com