Eugene Has Heart LogoThe Eugene Marathon is an LLC committed to hosting a premier running event that works as a vehicle for philanthropic giving and fundraising.

Eugene Has Heart is the philanthropy program for the Eugene Marathon weekend.  The program provides organizations an opportunity to advance their missions through community awareness and active fundraising.  With Eugene Has Heart, the Eugene Marathon highlights the many wonderful organizations that selflessly give back to their communities.

The program is divided into two levels:  RUN FOR FREE and FUNDRAISING.  Each level has a different set of requirements and commitments.  Check out the below links for more information on how charities can get involved.  Contact us at 541-345-2230 or


The Eugene Marathon is proud to partner with the following charities to offer “Run for Free” race entries, help spread the word about their good work and provide additional fundraising opportunities:


Founded in 2006, A Family for Every Child developed into an organization focused on finding permanent and loving adoptive homes for waiting Foster children. Over the last 5 years we have developed 10 plus programs that assist special-needs/challenging-to-place foster children in finding their own Forever Families. Their vision is: to facilitate, encourage, and publicize the need for families to adopt special needs children as well as to inspire and educate families that otherwise would not have thought of becoming an adoptive family.

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gotrwv-specific-color-copyGirls on the Run believes that every girl can embrace who she is, can define who she wants to be, can rise to any challenge and can change the world.  They inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Join SoleMates ®, the adult charity running program of Girls on the Run ®.  Girls on the Run SoleMates are men and women who pursue individual goals, such as running the Eugene Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K, to raise money for their afterschool program.  SoleMates play a vital role in ensuring the future success of Girls on the Run programs that impact the lives of thousands of young women every year!

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The Eugene Marathon is proud to be affiliated with and help charities spread their missions and fundraise to help achieve their community objectives. Below are just a few charities we have worked with over the years.

Greenhill Humane Society

Greenhill Humane Society, SPCA will provide safe shelter for animals in transition, serve as advocates for animals and their people, work to end animal overpopulation and educate the public about compassion and responsibility towards all animals. Our programs include, but are not limited to: Adoption Services, Education, Domestic Violence Assistance, Senior Assistance, Spay/Neuter, On-Site Volunteer Opportunities, Foster Care, and Dog Training. One major fundraiser is our Bark in the Park. Get more information.

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Every day abused and neglected children are removed from their homes and placed into substitute care because their parents cannot or will not protect them. CASA volunteers work to help find these children safe permanent homes where they can thrive.

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Special Olympics Oregon provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children, youth and adults living with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.


The Ovarian Cancer Alliance is the foremost advocate for women with ovarian cancer in the United States. To advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer, the Alliance advocates at a national level for increases in research funding for the development of an early detection test, improved health care practices and life-saving treatment protocols. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance educates health care professionals and raises public awareness of the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer.  The local chapter – OCA of Oregon & SW Washington – works to further the mission in the Northwest by helping to promote awareness, provide education, offer support and outreach, and advocate for public policy and funding for ovarian cancer research.


KIDSPORTS where all kids play, develop, and have fun!  KIDSPORTS is a private non-profit organization in Oregon that provides youth sports programs for pre-K through 12th graders in Eugene/Springfield and surrounding areas. KIDSPORTS teaches children and families the value of physical fitness, sportsmanship, practice and teamwork through sports and activities. Knowledgeable coaches and officials allow each player to achieve their personal best while having fun. All children have the opportunity to play. Sports programs and activities are open to any child who is able to participate regardless of race, religion, creed, sex, ability, or financial status.


The Eugene Mission aims to demonstrate God’s love by compassionately providing emergency services and long-term solutions to help our homeless neighbors transition back into the community with gainful employment, sustainable income and stable housing. The Eugene Mission is a Wellness Center for homeless men, women and children who need assistance from the Eugene Community, with the ultimate goal being to provide holistic long-term solutions that lead to the wellness of its guests.


The University of Oregon School of Law Tom Foster Environmental Scholarship Fund is in remembrance of Thomas Foster III, who was a third-year law student at the time of his death in 1999.  The scholarship is awarded to a third year Oregon law student who possesses the character traits of Tom Foster – integrity, honesty, passion, humor, motivation, dedication to the law school, and search for knowledge.


The Eugene Marathon works with over 50 youth clubs and teams to help them raise money for their various missions and needs. We contribute to these groups for their work doing packet stuffing, water stations, clean-up, parking attendance and much more! Does your youth group want to raise funds? Contact to find out what types of jobs are open this year!


Soles 4 Souls is an international organization that believes that “everyone around the world deserves a good pair of shoes.”  Last year the Eugene Marathon collected and donated over 750 pairs of shoes and plan on improving that number in 2017.  Shoes are collected at various events throughout the year and include: TrackTown Tuesdays, the Eugene Marathon office at 2300 Oakmont Way; Ste 211 in Eugene, winter “Preview Runs,” and the Health & Fitness Expo.  Help us reach our goal in 2017 – recycle your shoes!