Local Marathon Aims to Collect 1,000 Pairs of Shoes For Those In Need

The State Farm Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon Weekend and Old Hickory, Tenn. -based Soles4Souls have teamed up to  collect more than 1,000 pairs of gently worn shoes to be disbursed to needy individuals throughout the Americas.  

“Most runners have not just a few but several pairs of shoes in their closets; some of which are often hardly worn,” said Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon founder Mitch Varnes.  “Soles4Souls is fulfilling an invaluable need by taking these donated shoes and getting them on the feet of needy people in the United States and all over the world.  I am really happy to have them involved with the race weekend and will do what we can to maximize their good deeds.” 

Soles4Souls will have collection boxes at the finish line of both the half and full marathons during the Melbourne & Beaches Marathon Weekend to be held February 4-5, 2011 in Melbourne, FL and also at the Brevard Physicians Network’s Health & Fitness Expo, which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Oceanfront in Indialantic. Marathon registration is still open.


Soles4Souls is an international organization, which has given and delivered tens of thousands of pairs of shoes to people throughout the United States and in scores of countries. 
The Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon is an annual marathon run on a USATF qualified course along the waterways of Florida’s Space Coast.  The marathon also a qualifier for the Boston marathon will feature at least 20 musical acts along the route with a post-race concert providing beer, pizza and more to runners.  The half and full marathon are the USATF Florida state championship races, and the ½ marathon is the USATF National Championship Masters Half-Marathon.  The weekend offers a $10,500.00 total purse with $8,000.00 marked specifically for USATF-member Masters runners.

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