The Cheshire Half Marathon/5K Foundation is a nonprofit organization formed in 2012. The foundation was originally started by parents of special needs children and has now grown to encompass over 40 members with diverse backgrounds from the community.
The goal of the foundation is to increase the acceptance of individuals with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities while promoting healthy living awareness to empower individuals to engage in healthy lifestyles.
The Cheshire Half Marathon & 5K Foundation mission statement has four key goals;
- Manage, organize, promote and raise funds to support the Cheshire Half Marathon & 5k, race event and related activities;
- Raise awareness within the community and to advance acceptance of individuals with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities;
- Promote healthy living within the community through, awareness, education, as well as the promotion of activities and events that support an active and healthy lifestyle.
- Promote, educate and empower children to live healthy lifestyles that support a balance between fitness and nutrition.
The Foundation raises funds to support three main beneficiaries including Abilities Without Boundaries, Best Buddies CT, and the Cheshire Lions Club, nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities.
The main fundraiser for the Foundation is the Cheshire Half Marathon & 5K, Healthy Living Festival and the publication of the Connecticut Healthy Lifestyles magazine. In 2012 our first year the Cheshire Half Marathon/5k with 2,200 participants became the largest inaugural foot race ever held in Connecticut surpassing- the 1994 Hartford Marathon. Since its inception, the Foundation was able to donate $135,000 to our charity partners with additional funds raised by our charity runners in excess of $45,000.
In 2013 our second year we had 3,000 runners and 2,000 spectators in attendance and we were able to more than double 2012 charitable contributions. Our Healthy & Active Living Festival drew over 70 vendors and included various health screenings, fun activities and information on products and services that relate to healthy and active living.
We had over 80 sponsors or contributors to this event, including all three of Connecticut’s leading medical and research institutions, UConn Health Center, Yale New Haven Hospital and the new Quinnipiac Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine.
In 2014 the Foundation expanded its reach and hosted several additional educational and community based programing events centered on healthy and active lifestyles. Once such event was a partnership with Live To Excel that featured fitness and conditioning programs aimed at children ages 5-12 with movement based activity and nutritional educational counseling. In January the Foundation also hosted Health expo combined with fitness and conditioning demonstrations and educational workshops provided by some of the top regional health care providers.
Cheshire Half Marathon/5K Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit CT Corporation.
The Corporation is formed under the provisions of the Connecticut non-stock Corporation’s act and is to be operated under the provisions of said act exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the provisions of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as the same now reads or may hereafter be amended. The Corporation shall take and hold by purchase, gift, conveyance, device, bequest or other transfer, real estate, cash, securities and other properties, and may hold, sell, convey, invest and reinvest such property in such manner as the Board shall, in its judgment, deem necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes for which the Corporation is formed. Notwithstanding any other provisions of the Certificate of Incorporation or any other provisions of the Connecticut Nonstock Corporations Act, the Corporation shall not undertake any activity which is not permitted an exempt organization under the provisions of Section (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or any organization to which contributions may be made under Section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.