The Nature Conservancy’s Team Nature is Joining the 37th Marine Corps Marathon on October 28: Healthy You and Healthy Planet

Team Nature is looking for runners to help make the "people’s marathon" a marathon for people and nature; money raised will support Conservancy work locally and globally

Arlington, VA | March 07, 2012

Today, Team Nature has signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon on October 28, 2012. We want to make “the people’s marathon,” as the Marine Corps event is often known, a marathon for people and nature. Learn more at

Our running team will be raising funds to help protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay and other important natural habitats across our region and around the world. The 26.2-mile MCM course passes by some of our most treasured national monuments and is within easy driving distance of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Coast Reserve and Central Appalachians.

Here’s what your $400 fundraising minimum can accomplish:
  • Restore more than 2,000 baby oysters to reefs in the Chesapeake Bay, providing habitat for rockfish and crabs.
  • Buy 2,000 longleaf pine seedlings to plant, helping restore one of America’s most diverse and endangered forest systems.
  • Conduct a prescribed burn on four acres at Warm Springs Mountain Preserve to help restore pine-oak forests.
  • And when you help us reach our collective MCM goal of $30,000, your efforts will help protect even more lands and waters for the benefit of people and nature.

Space is limited, so

sign up here today

. You’ll soon receive a fundraising form, as well as a Marine Corps Marathon registration form. Both forms must be signed and returned by Friday August 3 to complete your registration.

Race day information, including bib pick-up instructions, will be handled by the Marine Corps Marathon staff.

Team Nature Benefits and Green Tips
  • Run in the great outdoors and get close to nature!
  • Reduce your carbon footprint: Start your run from home or work vs. driving.
  • Meet Conservancy staff and runners at the GW Parkway Classic on Earth Day, April 22, in Arlington, Virginia.
  • Take public transportation or carpool to races.
  • Avoid excess paper and plastic: Sign up for races online and look for virtual goodie bags.
  • Use water belts or reusable water bottles.
  • Buy powdered sports drinks and mix your own — avoid waste from single-use bottles and save money!
  • Recycle your running shoes and gear.
  • Recycle your running stories and share green tips: Become a Facebook fan of the Conservancy in D.C., Maryland and Virginia! And tell us about your favorite running trails.

No Federal or Marine Corps endorsement of advertisers or sponsors is implied.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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Tom McCann

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