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Nov 01


Posted on November 1, 2017 at 10:50 AM by Communications Department

Two local nonprofits have been chosen to serve as official charities of the 2018 Newport News One City Marathon. Next year’s marathon will benefit organizations that provide support for members of the community with disabilities and those needing emergency assistance – VersAbility Resources and THRIVE Peninsula Inc. These two organizations were chosen out of 19 applications submitted for consideration. 
As selected charitable partners, these organizations will benefit from promotion on the marathon website and through social media, inclusion in the post-race celebration, and online donation opportunities at race registration. Additionally, these organizations will be able to utilize a crowdfunding “Run for Free” program to raise money for their cause. Now entering its fourth year, the marathon has contributed almost $50,000 to its charitable partners since its inception in 2015.

About the charities:
VersAbility Resources’ vision is a world where people with disabilities enjoy dignified, productive lives of their choosing as fully accepted members of society. VersAbility Resources has been supporting people with disabilities for over 60 years. The organization is a comprehensive provider, serving over 1,100 people—of which, more than 800 are in Newport News—with disabilities in early childhood, day support, community living, and four diverse employment programs. VersAbility serves not only Newport News but also the entire Hampton Roads region, as well as the Middle Peninsula. VersAbility Resources is a capable business partner, and is engaged in federal contracting, manufacturing, packaging, digitization, recycling, and more.

THRIVE Peninsula is committed to assisting Virginia Peninsula individuals and families through difficult times. For more than 40 years, THRIVE Peninsula has served the physical, economic, educational, emotional and spiritual needs of peninsula residents. Addressing both essential living needs (e.g., food, housing, utilities) and the unique crises affecting each person, this volunteer-driven coalition helps coordinate community resources for a tailored, integrated response. With comprehensive budget education among its core (no cost) services, THRIVE strives to encourage people to be active participants in the resolution of their present plight and the plan for long-term financial stability. 
Presented by Newport News Shipbuilding, the fourth annual Newport News One City Marathon takes place Sunday, March 4, 2018. The marathon course runs the entire 26 mile length of the city, with Newport News Park as the setting for the start of the race and the Victory Arch in downtown serving as the finish line. Along the way, the certified course takes runners past various cultural amenities, educational institutions, businesses and neighborhoods. The marathon, which also offers a relay option, culminates at a One City Celebration festival at Victory Landing Park as runners race through the finish line. In addition to the marathon, there is also an 8K Run/Walk and a Kids Fun Run. Marathon weekend (March 2-4, 2018) will also include a Health and Wellness Expo and other community focused events.

For more information or to register for the marathon, visit