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September 18, 2013 -- Organizers of the Virgin London Marathon announced today that runners doing their April 21st event had raised £53 million (USD 85 million) for various charities, bringing the life-to-date charity haul for the race since 1981 to £663 million (USD 1.1 billion). Organizers said that it was the seventh consecutive record year for charity fundraising for their race, Europe's second largest marathon.
"We are delighted that this year's amazing London Marathon runners have, once again, raised a record-breaking amount of money for charity," said race director Hugh Brasher in a statement. "This impressive achievement is testament to the enthusiasm and dedication of our runners. To raise this record-breaking amount in the current economic environment, at the same time as achieving their own marathon goals, shows that London Marathon finishers are among the most committed runners in the world."
Of the race's 34,278 finishers, fully 75% raised money for charities, organizers said. The average raised by each runner was £2535 (USD 4031).
The 2014 Virgin London Marathon will be held on Sunday, April 13.
Photo: Mo Farah poses with former Virgin London Marathon race director Dave Bedford prior to running the first 20K of the 2013 race; Farah will make his marathon debut in London in 2014 (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)
Note: GBP to USD conversions as of 18-Sep-2013 --Ed.
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