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Posted: September 11, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

(RWire) Athletics: CIGNA Falmouth Road Race Exceeds $1.4 million Raised for Charities

FALMOUTH, Mass. - The 2009 CIGNA Falmouth Road Race broke its fund-raising record by more than $100,000 at its 37th running, raising $1.41 million for the 68 groups it supports with its Numbers-for-Nonprofits program.

Each year, the race directors provide guaranteed entries, exempt from the lottery and with an extended deadline and a discounted entry fee, to selected charities. The charities then offer the entries to runners, who solicit donations for the non-profit. More than 900 people participated in the program this year. Runners in last year's race raised $1.3 million and the total for the past seven years is more than $6.2 million.

This year's top fundraiser was Dana-Farber Cancer Institute of Boston, with more than $192,000, followed by Compassionate Care ALS of North Falmouth, which raised $177,000, and Children's Hospital Boston at $121,000.

The individual leaders were Elise Warhaftig of Hingham, who raised $32,000 for the NephCure Foundation, and Robin Davis of Newton, with $29,000 for Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. The team of Doug and Patty Oakley of Weymouth and North Falmouth collected more than $38,000 for Compassionate Care ALS of Falmouth and Michelle Silk of Brookline raised $24,600 for Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Cape Cod-based non-profits did very well at this year's race. In addition to Compassionate Care, 20 other local groups participated in the program, raising more than $287,000. Last year's Cape tally was just over $240,000. Among the local leaders were Ariana Kerrigan of East Falmouth and 14-year-old Aoife Callinan of West Falmouth. Callinan, a Falmouth High School freshman, raised over $3500 for the Cape Cod Center for Women and Kerrigan raised $4300 for the Children's Tumor Foundation.

Other leading groups include Lymphoma Research Foundation, $100,000; Ronald MacDonald House of Boston, $91,000; Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, $63,000; American Stroke Association/Teddy's Team, $56,000; Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, $55,000 and Joslin Diabetes Center, $50,000.

In addition to the money raised by runners, the race made direct donations of more than $40,000 to local non-profits, sports teams and athletes.

Information about the nonprofit groups in the program is listed at:

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