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Natick chooses charities for locals running Boston Marathon on town numbers

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  December 28, 2012 11:15 AM

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The Town of Natick is seeking 2013 Boston Marathon runners who can raise $4,000 for town-selected nonprofits that benefit local residents.

The town possesses 20 Boston Marathon runner permits, which it receives from the race's organizers. In the past, the numbers were passed out to police and fire employees who wanted to run the race. However, this year marks the third where Natick officials give the numbers to runners who can raise a minimum of $4,000 for a local nonprofit or town department of the town's choice, town administrator Martha White said.

"These are very coveted items," she told Boston.com previously. "We're using them as a fundraising opportunity."

The runners who receive these numbers from Natick must choose one of the following organizations to raise funds for: the Justin Bailey Memorial Scholarship, the Natick Service Council, the Natick Education Foundation, or Embrace A Family, which is a program of the Rotary Club of Natick.

Runners must raise a minimum of $4,000 in support of one of these charities by May 31, 2013.

There are still 14 numbers available to runners on a first-come, first-served basis - five are reserved for the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center in Hopkinton, and one for a Natick resident running in memory of his son, White said.

For further information, and to obtain contact information for a selected charity, please contact the Natick Board of Selectmen's office at 508-647-6410 or mfleming@natickma.org.

The 2013 Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, April 15, according to the organization's website.

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