"My husband (Scott) was a four-minute miler in college, so I asked him what I should do.
...Several members of First Assembly of God Church in Dearborn Heights - where Scott Harper has been a pastor for the past 20 years - enthusiastically jumped aboard.
"The Detroit Marathon is ideal for this because it offers several distances that people can run - from 5Ks to the full marathon," she
said."Not everybody has the time or ability to train and run 50 miles a week to get ready for a full marathon.
"There's been like an explosion of people wanting to join me with this cause ever since that first year.Wanting to give back is contagious."
Last year, Marathon Mission
raised somewhere between $12,000 and $15,000 for selected groups, Harper
"And the great thing about our group is that 100 percent of the money pledged goes straight to the charities," said Harper
To learn more about Marathon Mission
, visit www.marathonmission.net; or e-mail Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Unlike other marathon-related charities, there is no minimum amount you need to raise to get involved," Harper