Eastern to Hold its Annual Poverty Awareness Marathon

Willimantic, Conn. – Eastern Connecticut State University will hold its annual Poverty Awareness Marathon on Sept. 25 from 7 a.m. to noon on the Eastern campus. The goal of the marathon is to collect 462 canned goods as a way to represent the 46.2 million individuals in the United States who are living in poverty. Participants are asked to donate a food item and/or a children’s book to help combat poverty in the Willimantic community. Donations will go to the Covenant Soup Kitchen.

Eastern students and Professor Charles Chatterton (kneeling, right) at last year’s marathon, huddled around the event’s food donations.

Anyone whose schedule permits is encouraged to participate, whether they are running, walking or cheering. Marathoners can join for any amount of time — from one lap around campus to the full 26.2 miles. The annual event is an impactful way to kick off a year of community service, as well as a way for Eastern’s campus to connect with the Willimantic community to raise poverty awareness.

Eastern’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE) and Professor Charles Chatterton of the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education are working together to raise awareness about poverty and promote “service-learning” in the Eastern community. Registration will open at 6:30 a.m. at the Student Center Patio. The public is invited to participate. For more information, visit the CCE’s website at www.easternct.edu/cce or call at (860) 465-0900.