A heads up to Wellesley marathoners: the town has six Boston Marathon numbers available in exchange for a pledge to raise $4,000 for either Wellesley A Better Chance or Friends of Wellesley METCO charities.
Chris Ketchen, Wellesley’s Deputy Director of General Government, said that the town received 16 numbers from the Boston Athletic Association to benefit the two charities. Only 10 have been claimed.
“As of this moment, it’s first come, first serve,” said Ketchen.
There is a registration fee of $300 for anyone applying for a number before Feb. 1, and a $350 registration fee for anyone applying afterwards, said Ketchen.
Wellesley ABC is a nonprofit that allows high school girls from disadvantaged communities to live in a house in Wellesley and attend Wellesley High School.
“This program really changes lives,” said Rebecca Georgenes, ABC co-president. “It’s just a small number of kids but it really just propels their lives in a whole different direction.”
The METCO program is a state-funded voluntary educational desegregation program that brings children from inner city schools to suburban public schools. Friends of Wellesley METCO is a nonprofit that supports Wellesley’s METCO students.
“The funds that these numbers will raise almost equal our whole yearly budget,” said Allison Sargent, president of Friends of Wellesley METCO. “It’s like a winfall for us.”
Georgeness and Sargent said that ABC would be happy to work with runners to help with fundraising.
To get a number, runners should contact Ketchen directly at 781-431-1019x2205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boston Athletic Association communications manager Marc Davis said that ideally, numbers should be registered by about March 15.
This year’s marathon will be held on April 16.