More than 125 runners participated in the third Annual Poverty Awareness Marathon on Sept. 23 at Eastern Connecticut State University to help Health and Physical Education Professor Charles Chatterton's "Taking Strides to Brake the Cycle of Poverty" initiative. The marathon was Chatteron's 48th since he began running them in 2006 to raise public awareness on poverty in America. Participants also collected more than 600 nonperishable items to donate to the Convenant Soup Kitchen in Willimantic.
The marathon, coordinated by Eastern's Center for Community Engagement, exceeded the goal of 462 nonperishable items, which reflects the estimated 46.2 million people now living in poverty in America, the highest number in 52 years. Athletes on Eastern's men's lacrosse team, women's soccer team, volley and softball teams, and numerous other Eastern organizations participated in the marathon, which was covered live by Fox News/WTIC-TV/Channel 61.