DONNA Marathon Weekend Celebrates 17th Running

Runners will race through the Jacksonville Beaches   Downtown to finish breast cancer

 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — January 22, 2024 — The 17th annual DONNA Marathon Weekend will light Downtown Jacksonville and the Beaches pink February 2-4, 2024. The theme of this year’s race is Destination: Hope, honoring DONNA Marathon Weekend as a destination race appealing to thousands of Jacksonville natives and runners from around the world. It also reinforces the Foundation’s envisioned future defined by something brighter than any one place or race –– a future where love always wins out over fear and we reach the finish line we all believe is possible: a world without breast cancer.

 

The 26.2 with DONNA The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer™ is the only marathon in the country dedicated to serving those living with breast cancer. DONNA Marathon Weekend race proceeds, including those from the sold out Visit Jacksonville DONNA Booby Trap Challenge, provide financial assistance and support to families living with breast cancer, both local to Jacksonville and across the country, and support groundbreaking breast cancer research. DONNA Marathon Weekend is an official event of The DONNA Foundation, and is a signature event of the organization’s Survivorship, Education and Awareness Program.

 

Last year, the Foundation served more than 2,000 patients and worked to resolve financial barriers related to housing, utilities, transportation and more through the DONNA CareLine. The Foundation, celebrating its 20th year of service, provided more than $875,000 in financial services and debt relief, including more than $50,000 in direct financial aid to families in need. Since its inception, DONNA Marathon Weekend has raised funds that have supported the Foundation’s service to nearly 20,000 families living with breast cancer. The organization has also disbursed $3.3 million toward groundbreaking breast cancer research and continues to focus on its vision of a world where breast cancer patients are freed from any barriers to their successful treatment.

 

“When we ran our first DONNA Marathon 17 years ago, I had just been declared cancer free. This race marks so much more than a personal best time or any running goal, it marks the beginning of my life after the fear of the diagnosis. My story is one of thousands that I hope serve as a beacon of hope,” said Mayor Donna Deegan, Founder of The DONNA Foundation.

As we welcome back runners, walkers, survivors, families, friends and streakers to the courses this year, we will all celebrate hope together. Twenty years into our work, and we still strive toward the ultimate finish line: a world without breast cancer.”

 

DONNA Marathon Weekend will once again bring events to Downtown Jacksonville and the Beaches. EverBank Stadium will be the host venue for the Friday and Saturday events, including the DONNA Health & Wellness Expo, sponsored by Jacksonville Jaguars and Bold Events; the DONNA Dash, a family friendly one-mile fun run; the annual FIS DONNA 5K, that will start and finish inside EverBank Stadium; and the 110 Ultra Marathon. On Sunday, events return to the Beaches with the half marathon and full marathon. Again this year, marathon runners will complete a double loop course, which will begin and end at the Seawalk Pavilion in the heart of Jacksonville Beach.

 

New to DONNA Marathon Weekend this year are exciting events, including the Mayo Clinic presents a DONNA Educational Event: Hope and Wellness, a DONNA Pasta Party on Saturday night and a DONNA Afterparty at The Sandbar. Local Jacksonville residents can enjoy discounted registration thanks to the Locals Rule program, sponsored by Jacksonville Jaguars.

 

In addition to being a Boston Qualifier, the DONNA Marathon has been selected again this year by the Abbott World Marathon Majors as a qualifying race for the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Ranking program. Through this distinction, participants in the DONNA Marathon can compete to earn ranking points to be invited to the 2025 AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group Championships.

Race registration will remain open through February 3, while space allows. Volunteer opportunities through the Daiichi-Sankyo DONNA Volunteer program, are still available. For more information on the DONNA Marathon Weekend and its events, visit www.breastcancermarathon.com.

 

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About The DONNA Foundation:
The DONNA Foundation was established in June of 2003 by three-time breast cancer survivor, award-winning journalist and Mayor of the City of Jacksonville Donna Deegan to meet the critical financial needs of the underserved living with breast cancer. Our vision is a world where breast cancer patients are freed from any barriers to their successful treatment. Over the last two decades, The DONNA Foundation has served nearly 20,000 families, securing more than $5.8 million in financial services and debt relief. The organization has also disbursed $3.3 million in support of translational genomics and immune studies and research. The organization also operates in-person and virtual events and programs for survivorship, education and awareness. For more information, visit www.TheDONNAFoundation.org