Thursday, January 27, 2005

Marathon team gives charity run for its money

Charities in Action (CIA) is a marathon team with plans to benefit a different charity each time they participate in a marathon. Don Williams, a veteran of over 40 marathons and a coach of more than 20, is the team coach.

Not all members are runners - many are walkers. The team has specific training programs and gets together every Saturday to train. The team is open to anyone interested. Beginners need to be able to walk eight miles. (And Williams says it takes about six months to get in shape for a marathon.)

Members pay their own expenses to all races and make individual contributions to the charity group they choose for each race.

The CIA plans to participate in the Feb. 27 Mardi Gras Marathon in New Orleans. Most members are walking a half-marathon. Other marathons being considered include the Flying Pig in Cincinnati and the Portland, Ore., and Medoc, France marathons.

For more information on the marathons or the CIA, call Don Williams at (601) 957-0900.

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