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1 million for 27 charities

Dustin Emerick, 25, of Shelby Township makes his way west on Jefferson during the 37th Annual Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon in Detroit on Oct. 19.(Photo: Regina H. Boone DFP)Nearly 4,800 runners “ran for a reason” in last month’s 37th Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon and raised $2.1 million for 27 charities.

According to race organizers, the bulk of that money $1.6 million came from Team Kensington and Team World Vision, which raised money for clean water in Africa. They were the runners in the blue jerseys (Kensington) and orange jerseys (World Vision).

Kensington Church, a mega church with several locations, had 1,570 runners in various events raising money for its Hope Water Project, to drill wells for the Pokot people in Kenya. Team Kensington raised $650,000.buycheapnfljerseys
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Team World Vision, which draws runners from churches across the region, had 575 runners raise $486,000 for African clean water projects. It received a dollar for dollar matching donation for a grand total of $972,000.

The other charities that worked with the marathon ran the gamut, from Forgotten Harvest to Girls on the Run, from Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit to The Buoniconti Fund, and from CATCH to Detroit PAL, and so on.

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