Running for Good: Two Local Marathons Discover a New Way to Give Back

Header photo credit: Sonia Su


Last Monday, the running community watched – on a miserably cold and rainy day – as Desiree Linden became the first American in 33 years to win the Boston Marathon.

Linden’s history-making run got us thinking about the many other marathons set to take place over the next few months, and all of the ways these events make a positive contribution to their local communities. (You know we love a good story about athletes giving back!)  

Your City Sports has had the opportunity to partner with two local marathons – Bellingham Bay Marathon and North Olympic Discovery Marathon – as we outfitted participants with custom socks.

Marathons have a long history of giving back to the communities that host them, and these two races were no exception. Participants in Bellingham and Port Angeles got high-quality gear to keep their feet comfortable on the 26.2-mile journey, and two marathon organizations discovered yet another way to give back.


Marathon participants outfitted in custom socks

An equal number of pairs donated to the homeless


What other ways do the Bellingham Bay Marathon and the North Olympic Discovery Marathon give back?

Photo Credit: Franck Audebrand

Bellingham Bay Marathon

A Boston Marathon qualifier and part of the Salish Sea Road Race Series, this event is a fundraiser for local nonprofits benefiting youth, including: Bellingham Bay Swim Team, Girls on the Run, and the Lummi C.E.D.A.R Project.


Photo Credit: Franck Audebrand

North Olympic Discovery Marathon

Also a Boston Marathon qualifier, NODM begins in Sequim and ends in Port Angeles. Over the past five years, the event has raised more than $70,000 for civic groups and service clubs, including: Captain Joseph House and Colton’s Army.


Want to learn more about outfitting your marathon or run with Your City Sports socks – and participating in our Buy One – Give One program?