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January 10, 2014

$48,000 raised for local charities

The Dalton Red Carpet Half Marathon’s race and Liberty Tree Festival raised $48,000 to benefit two local charities, the event committee said on Friday.

“This marks the fourth year that we have run our half marathon, 5K and fun run,” said race coordinator David Sanders “and it’s the third year that we have raised money for City of Refuge and Family Promise. We have surpassed our fundraising plateau for the third consecutive year and this is a testament to the giving nature of our community.”

Since the program’s inception, more than $118,000 has been raised to benefit City of Refuge and Family Promise. “The 2013 event saw more sponsors and participants than ever before,” said Rick Little, race coordinator.

The Dalton Red Carpet Half Marathon links runners and sponsors with the charities and provides a platform to raise awareness and much-needed funds as well as educate others about City of Refuge and Family Promise and their causes.

“Both of our charities are community agencies,” said Pamela Cudd of City of Refuge, “and the community coming together in such a way to support this race has a tremendous impact on what we can do and provide for the impoverished of this area.” Details about The Dalton Red Carpet Half Marathon can be found at daltonhalf.com.

The race partnered with the Liberty Tree Festival to bring even more activity to downtown Dalton on race day. Veronica Rollins, of the Downtown Dalton Development Authority, spearheaded the day-long events that included food vendors, crafts and children’s activities that culminated with a live concert by Fastball.

“We want to thank all of our sponsors for their dedication and involvement,” said Amy Kleem of Family Promise, “Alliant Health Plans, Shaw Industries, J+J Flooring Group, Engineered Floors, OptiLink, Marquis Industries, Textile Rubber, Academy Sports, Walmart, Dalton Convention & Visitors Bureau, Downtown Dalton Development Authority, city of Dalton, The Daily Citizen, WDNN, USATF, h2b creative, WDEF Channel 12, Marketing Alliance, Lamar Outdoor, Bradley Wellness Center, Magnolia Creative, Sonny & Gloria, Real Living Advantage, Brown Industries, Northwest Carpets, Invista, McCamy Law Firm, Seo’s Martial Arts and Controlled Products.”

The fifth running of the Dalton Red Carpet Half Marathon will take place on Oct. 25, 2014.

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