Animal Lovers Run A Marathon To Raise Awareness

It was the first time I joined the Penny Marathon this year, but it definitely won’t be the last. I didn’t run, but next time I will. I didn’t have my Penny Marathon T-shirt on, but next time I will. I won’t be wasting your time trying to describe what the experience is like and what running for the animals feels like– the video covers all five hours of our journey, from the first meeting point to the finish line. I will just try to answer briefly any questions you might have.

  1. What is the Penny Marathon?

The Penny Marathon is an animal welfare charity that provides “both a voice to stray, abandoned, neglected and abused companion animals (cats and dogs) and support to the people and groups that fight to save their lives. The money raised through donations and sales is primarily used for various stages of the rescue–rehome process”.

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Athens, Greece. Runners at the finish line. Photo by Irini Anadioti.
  1. Why Penny?

Penny was a stray dog in Greece whose life, like many others like hers, ended tragically. The charity was named after her. Learn more about what Penny meant to Eleftheria Prodromou, the founder of the charity here.

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Sydney, Australia
  1. Is there an actual marathon taking place?

Yes, there is. It started small and it’s growing bigger every year. The marathon is run the second Sunday of July, in Greece and Australia. 42 kilometers are covered, from the starting point to the finish line. You can register and run all 42 kilometers or join in at any meeting point on the way. This year, the marathon took place on July 10 in four cities in Greece (Athens, Hania, Salamina & Kalamata) and one in Australia (Sydney).

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Kalamata, Greece.
  1. How did it all start?

“The Penny Marathon started rather serendipitously as an idea of two Greek-Australians. They were not runners, and had certainly never thought to run a marathon before, but they felt compelled to do something to bring attention to the plight of stray, abandoned, neglected and abused companion animals (cats and dogs). When word spread over the internet that they were planning to run the original 42-kilometre run in Greece, they were approached by two seasoned runners who offered to join them. These runners, in turn, recruited some cyclists to help with on-road support. (…) The first marathon kicked off in the early hours of 16 July 2012 of what turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year”. The run has become an annual event.

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Salamina, Greece. Photo by Elias John
  1. Who do I help by donating?

Your donations help save some of the lives of unwanted dogs and cats in Greece and Australia. «In Greece, this help encompasses all stages of the rescue-rehome process. In Australia, the penny Marathon supports established charities that save animals from euthanisation by finding them temporary accommodation until they are rehomed.”


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Tony was the first to cross the finish line in Athens. he was left paralyzed after being shot, was rescued and adopted. He joined the marathon as a memeber of the Animal Rights Runners group. Photo by Irini Anadioti.

Visit the Penny Marathon Website or Facebook page and find out what you can do to help raise awareness. And next year, you can join in, run it, live it and be part of it. 🙂




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