INDIANAPOLIS - Marking a trend of continued growth, road runners and walkers raised $656 million for charity in 2005, USA Track & Field (USATF) announced Tuesday. The figure marks a 14 percent increase over 2005 and is the biggest single-year increase since USATF began its annual charity survey in 2002.
The J.P. Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge Series has been named the 2005 USATF Charitable Race of the Year, while the Arthritis Foundation was honored as 2005 Charitable Organization of the Year.
Conducted internally by USATF, the national governing body of track and field, long-distance running and race walking, the study revealed that approximately $656 million was raised for charitable causes by runners in 2005, with 83 percent of races nationwide raising money for charitable causes. USATF gathered data from more than 25 national charitable race series/organizations and a sample of nearly 200 running/walking races, including many of the country's 100 largest races."