Engaging Creative Minds (ECM), a local educational nonprofit that promotes Arts Integration in area schools, traveled to Buist Academy and Burke High School Wednesday, December 18, 2019, to surprise the O2 Fitness Charleston Youth Marathon® t-shirt design contest winners.
The first-place winner, was Alex Eastman, a sixth grade student at Buist Academy. She received a check for $100 and his design will be featured on the Youth Marathon® t-shirt. Second place winner Louise Martin, a sixth grader at Buist Academy, received a check for $50. The third place winner was Aysha Bowens, a Burke senior who was recently accepted to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She received a check for $25.
As in years past, the official charitable partner for the O2 Fitness Charleston Marathon® race is ECM. ECM partners with local artists and art organizations to provide unique educational programming for Kindergarten through eighth grade. This year they are in 22 schools across Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties and will impact over 10,000 students.
In addition to supporting ECM programs, the Charleston Marathon® also distributes grants to local schools and classrooms through funds received from the race. In its 10th year, the O2 Fitness Charleston Marathon® is expected to see continued growth in its participation numbers.
Starting in downtown Charleston (full and half marathons) and North Charleston (Shrimp & Grits 5K® and Youth Marathon®), all four races will finish at Riverfront Park, the site of the post-race celebration.
For more information, contact the Office of Strategy and Communications at (843) 937-6303.