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Run It, Live It, Be Part Of It – Penny Marathon 2018

The Penny Marathon started 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.

When word spread over the internet that they were planning to run the original 42-kilometre route 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.

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Follow the links in the end and find out how to registrate for each marathon!

It was with this spirit of solidarity that the Penny 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 team ran and cycled the original route from Marathon to Athens, and were given unprecedented permission to enter Kallimarmaro stadium home of the modern Olympic Games.

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Penny Marathon, Athens 2017

Encouraged by the experience, the run – known as the Penny Marathon – has become an annual event with teams now running and cycling (and not only) in cities around the world. The marathon is named after a Greek stray dog whose life, like many others like her, ended tragically.

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Penny Marathon, Sydney 2017

The Penny Marathon may have started in Greece but what it stands for holds true elsewhere. While countries like Greece have a visible stray problem, there are many other countries that pride themselves on their clean streets – a status quo that is maintained by euthanising hundreds of thousands of healthy cats, dogs and other animals every year.

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Takis, volunteer and organizer of the Penny Marathon in Salamina, Greece.

Some figures suggest there are over a million stray companion animals living on the streets of Greece, fending for themselves, while hundreds of thousands of healthy animals are euthanised every year in countries like the United States and Australia because they cannot find homes. Although the figures vary, the situation with regard to stray and unwanted cats and dogs toggles between these two extremes in any country on this planet.

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Ellie, the charity’s founder.

Your donations help teh charity save some of these lives. In Greece, for example, this help encompasses all stages of the rescue-rehome process. Elsewhere, we support established charities that save animals from euthanasia by finding them temporary accommodation until they are rehomed. As we grow, so will our support to animals in other countries.

Run it. Live it. Be part of it.

Visit the Penny Marathon website or follow their Facebook page more more info. If you wish to participate to any of the marathons, fill out the registration forms below:

Athens, Greece registration form HERE.

Sydney, Australia registration form HERE.

Vancouver, Washington USA registration form HERE.

For more info please email Penny Marathon at: [email protected],com or message the charity’s facebook page.

Volunteers are always needed! Donations are more than welcome. You can also donate to support each one of the marathons!

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