2016 / 2017 Annual Report

We proudly present our marathon partners

Seattle, Washington USA

November 26, 2017

The largest combination marathon/half marathon in the Northwest and one of the top ten largest in the U.S.

Grand Rapids, Michigan USA

October 23, 2017

A fun, highly personal, authentic race experience, particularly for runners who value a well-organized, personal experience

Detroit, Michigan USA

October 13 & 15, 2017

You will run through historic neighborhoods, around beautiful Belle Isle, and along the spectacular RiverWalk.

Fort Worth, Texas USA

February 24 & 25, 2018

The Cowtown® is celebrating our 38th year as we welcome the world to Fort Worth. We are proud to be one of the largest multi-race events in the State of Texas.

Madison, Wisconsin USA

November 12, 2017

The 2016 Madison Marathon prides itself on providing an intimate race environment with 2,000 participants competing in the full marathon and 2,500 in the half marathon.

Ogden, Utah USA

May 20, 2017

A combination of the areas scenic beauty, world class volunteer support and race organization has made the Zions Bank Ogden Marathon a must do race in Utah

Santa Rosa, California USA

August 27, 2017

Located just 55 miles north of San Francisco, the town of Santa Rosa, California is home to one of the top ranked Boston Qualifier marathons, which boasts a flat and fast course.

Eugene, Oregon USA

May 5-7, 2017

A scenic, USATF-certified course known for its flat and FAST route as it passes through beautiful parks and tree-lined paths that crisscross the picturesque Willamette River.

Lake Tahoe, California USA

October 13-15, 2017

Welcome to 3 days of running, swimming, and kayaking. We have something for your whole family, club or group of friends at one of the most beautiful vacation destinations in the world.

Duluth, Minnesota USA

June 17, 2017

Still named after it’s first sponsor Grandma’s Restaurant, Grandma’s Marathon is now a self-governed nonprofit organization, that oversees Grandma’s Marathon weekend.

Des Moines, Iowa USA

October 14 & 15, 2017

Experience the IMT Des Moines Marathon. Two days of family-friendly races. Known for its scenic course and bountiful volunteers. This race really showcases the great community of Des Moines!

Pandav Bhavan, Mount Abu India

March 5, 2017

Enjoy the beauty of hills & will have breath taking views of the mountains & valleys

Placencia Belize

December 10, 2017

Come for the run and stay for the fun in a Caribbean wonderland of beautiful beaches, mystical Mayan temples, spectacular caves, pristine rain forests, and the second largest barrier reef in the world.

Punakha, Bhutan Asia

March 3, 2018

The Bhutan International Marathon and Half Marathon in one of the world’s most mysterious, beautiful and inaccessible countries. Both events finish at the beautiful Punakha Dzong in the town of Punakha in the country of Bhutan.

Kona, Big Island, Hawaii USA

June 25, 2017

We have grown into the Big Island’s premiere athletic event with over 2,000 participants, offering four road race distances; Marathon, Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon and 5K Walk/Run.

Portland, Oregon USA

October 8, 2017

The Portland Marathon is rated as one of the premier marathons in the U.S. and one of the top 10 road race events in the U.S

Maui, Hawaii USA

January 14, 2018

The Maui Oceanfront Marathon is a community event benefiting local school teams, clubs, and Maui non-profit groups that help put on the Marathon.

Champaign, Illinois USA

April 28-30, 2018

Enjoy a full weekend of running, food, festivities and lots of family activities for all ages at the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon on April 28-30, 2018. Known as being...

Sacramento, California USA

December 3, 2017

CIM has a gently rolling, point-to-point, net downhill course with well maintained streets and few turns.

Fargo, North Dakota USA

May 18-20, 2017

The Fargo Marathon is an annual marathon in Fargo, North Dakota sponsored by Scheels All Sports, which offers a Boston-qualifier Marathon, relay, half marathon, 10K, 5K and Youth Run

Costa Mesa, OC California USA

May 7, 2017

The U.S. Bank Marathon invites your company to be part of The OC Marathon Running Festival taking place this May 7, 2017. With more than 20,000 runners, 2,500 volunteers, and thousands of course spectators.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA

May 7, 2017

Pittsburgh is known for its rivers and bridges and the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon course will not disappoint.

Springfield, Missouri USA

November 5, 2017

The Bass Pro Conservation Marathon is a great race for first-time competitors looking for an event with a great course and first class amenities.

Southern Caribbean Challenge

January 27 - February 4, 2018

7 Marathons — 6 Countries — 1 Week Cruise

REFLECTIONS OF BHUTAN

From our 2017 – 2018 Director of USA Marketing and Development

BHUTAN INTERNATIONAL MARATHON — A TRIP OF A LIFETIME

Imagine bringing 108 people together with the common goal of running a marathon in a landlocked country in Asia. More than likely most people wouldn't be able to point to it on the globe. Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalaya’s eastern edge known for its monasteries, fortresses (dzongs), dramatic, beautiful landscapes, and now its International Marathon.

The dream for this trip began with the creation of the Sister Marathons Peace Initiative where 21 U.S. marathons joined together to bring peace and goodwill to the world through the sport of running. A large part of the group’s mission is to bring the world together by sharing the passion of running with the excitement of exploring other countries and cultures.

The flight to Paro — the only airport in Bhutan — was thrilling to say at least. The pilots are so highly skilled as they banked the plane to the right and then to the left maneuvering through the Himalayan mountains. Wow!

The first thing that I noticed when we landed in Paro was the pure beauty of the countryside, the mountains, and glacial rivers. In the days to come I discovered how genuine, kind and gracious the Bhutanese people were. Bhutan is known for being one of the happiest countries in the world, but I can contest the Bhutanese people are truly one of kindest people of the world.

I won't indulge you with all my wonderful experiences with the 7 days and 6-night trip of the lifetime. We visited three wonderful cities: Paro, Punakha, and the capital city of Thimphu, staying at first-class hotels nested in the mountains, experiencing the joy of Bhutanese cuisine, the hot stone baths and massages, the mountain treks, dinner with the Prince of Bhutan, and of course sharing these moments with one of the greatest ultra-marathon runners in the world, Scott Jurek.

I personally did not run the marathon, as those days are long gone, but I had a chance to see the race in action. The course is beautiful, the temperature was perfect, and where else would you be able to share the roads with a few cows.

We’re proud to report that we contributed over $200,000 to our in-country, non-profit partner, the Tarayana Foundation, helping to alleviate poverty in rural Bhutan. Further, we raised an additional $10,800 at our silent auction which featured the appearance of His Royal Highness Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, Prince of Bhutan.

I will end by saying that I was very proud to be a part of this cultural exchange and have the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people. The Bhutan International Marathon is a must for all adventure runners to experience for themselves.

In Peace,
Scott Keenan

2017 SISTER MARATHONS PEACE INITIATIVE BHUTAN RETREAT

The Fourth Annual Bhutan International Marathon in the Kingdom of Bhutan provided the Sister Marathons Peace initiative with an amazing backdrop for our first destination event. In all, 108 participants from 14 countries joined us in our global peace endeavor. We couldn’t have been more pleased by the outpouring of support in our first full year of operations.

Ultra-marathon legend and New York Times Bestseller, Scott Jurek, along with his lovely wife, Jenny and their baby daughter rounded out the group with exceptional presentations, group runs and one-on-ones that captivated the audience and locals alike.

Among our esteemed guests, Claudia Hanisch from Germany and Janine Canham from the U.K. made podium appearances in their respective women’s divisions. All of our participants finished the race, including some new personal records: Sharon Kerson from California finishing her 516th marathon; Lichu Sloan from New York finishing her 201st ; and Brent Weigner climbing the country marathon charts with his 124th country finish; and marvelously, the top five finishers of the Bhutan International Marathon were all Bhutanese!

The program would not have been complete without our generous race directors who flew halfway across the globe to join us. Don Kern from Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon, Sharron Faff from Kona Marathon, Gary Kutscher from US Bank OC Marathon; Mamie Wheeler from the Portland Marathon, Les and Karin Wright from the Maui Oceanfront and Lake Tahoe Marathons, and Louis Kushner from the DSG Pittsburgh Marathon all contributed significantly to making our first event a raving success! Our hats off to you all!

Our 2018 program to Bhutan is now in full swing…we hope to see you all in the Land of Happiness February 28 — March 6, 2018. Peace and goodwill.

Bhudda Dordenma

FINANCIAL REPORT — BHUTAN PROGRAM

Expenses
Revenue

2016 / 2017 PROGRAM NET ASSETS = $4,306

Bhutan marathon finish line

2017 BHUTAN RETREAT DEMOGRAPHICS OVERVIEW

Coatia 2 New Zealand 1
Hong Kong 3 Finalnd 1
Taiwan 4 Canada 7
Singapore 1 Germany 1
Japan 3 France 1
Scotland 1 Iceland 1
England 2 USA 78

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