Citizen-Times ending management of races

From the Asheville Citizen-Times:

ASHEVILLE — The Citizen-Times will end its sponsorship of the long-running September road races that have carried the newspaper’s name.

The Citizen-Times Half Marathon and 5K races funded nonprofit and charitable organizations, giving at least $235,000 over 14 years through the Lend-A-Hand Foundation. The 2013 races were the first to include a marathon.

“It’s for a great cause, but the event itself did not generate the funds expected to provide for nonprofits,” Citizen-Times President and Publisher Dave Neill said.

All nonprofit organizations promised money were paid regardless of that.

However, a new race is coming to Asheville in June. Also from the Citizen-Times

ASHEVILLE — The director of the Cooper River Bridge Run — the fifth largest road race in the country, with more than 40,000 runners — is bringing a new half marathon to Asheville on June 7.

The inaugural Asheville Half Marathon and 10K will start and end downtown, with a cap of 3,000 runners.

Julian Smith, longtime director of the Cooper River 10K race in Charleston, S.C., has been planning the new race for several years, he said, seeing many similarities between the two tourism-oriented cities.


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