The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer is a contender for “Best Half Marathon” category


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — February 29, 2024 — The DONNA Foundation today announced its participation in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. The DONNA Foundation’s half marathon, part of the organization’s DONNA Marathon Weekend, is one of 20 contenders for “Best Half Marathon” category — seeking to identify the best 13.1-mile race in the country.

The DONNA Foundation, founded in 2003, provides financial assistance and support to families living with a breast cancer diagnosis, both local to Jacksonville and across the country, through its DONNA CareLine, and supports groundbreaking breast cancer research. Each year, thousands of runners from around the world come to The City of Jacksonville and The Beaches to participate in DONNA Marathon Weekend, including the nominated half marathon distance.

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“Year after year, survivors and runners gather in our beautiful Jacksonville Beaches from across the country and the globe to participate in DONNA Marathon Weekend, and the half marathon distance is always a runner’s favorite,” said Donna Deegan, City of Jacksonville Mayor and Founder of The DONNA Foundation. “What sets this race apart is the way our seaside communities throw their arms around this event –– the crowd support is over the top! They make every runner feel as if they have their own cheering squad all the way to the finish line. I know our runners and the families we serve every day see the DONNA half marathon as the best half marathon in the country, and it is an honor to be among those considered for the title.”

Winners will be announced on the 10Best website on Friday, April 5, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. DONNA Foundation supporters and runners can learn more about the contest and cast their votes at To learn more about The DONNA Foundation, visit



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

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