Millennium Running recently celebrated a milestone by reaching $1 million in charitable donations.
The organization reached this achievement on March 27 during the Citizens Shamrock Half Marathon and Relay March 27 in Manchester, an event that raised $8,413 to support the New Hampshire Food Bank.
“It is certainly a milestone number to exceed $1 million in charitable giving, especially for us as a small business,” said John Mortimer, founder and owner of Millennium Running in Bedford.
Since Millennium Running started producing signature racing events in 2011, the organization has now raised a total of $1,008,221.
“Giving back to the community was always an important part of our primary goals and our philosophy as a company," Mortimer said. "We have many different charitable partners and we try to donate to local charities in the same community where our events are held. We call them charitable partners because they have an active role in helping us produce the events, and we have an active role in trying to raise as much money as possible for them. It really is a partnership.”
A recent event took place April 11 on trails in Derry and Windham, with hundreds of runners participating. On a yearly basis, Millennium Running generates more than $200,000 in charitable donations.
The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester is the group’s official charity for 2021. In the midst of the global pandemic in 2020, Millennium Running raised more than $20,000 for The Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. And, in 2019, about $25,000 was raised for Veterans Count of New Hampshire.
Millennium Running has also donated to dozens of smaller organizations annually including Cub Scout Pack 127 in Auburn, which has assisted at races for the past 10 years manning water stations and has received over $40,000.
And every dollar helps, Mortimer added.
Millennium Running now has more than 20 signature race events that it owns and operates each year.