Paul Austin’s Play Marin has long sought to offer Marin City youth the opportunity to participate in organized sports and extracurricular activities, a mission – “to intentionally give kids of diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds the opportunity to learn and grow together through play” – that has been significantly more difficult over the past 19 months of the pandemic.
The volunteer-based nonprofit’s recreational programming was hampered during the COVID-19 crisis, and Austin and his fellow volunteers are looking to inject the program with the necessary resources to give it a jolt.
To that end, on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 10am (meet at 9am), they’re hosting Play Marin’s first annual Walk-A-Thon, an approximately 5.5-mile, round trip walk from Rocky Graham Park in Marin City to the Mill Valley Middle School and back.
“We invite you to support diversity, inclusion, and community empowerment in Marin by supporting Play Marin’s Walk-A-Thon,” Austin says. “Our Walk-A-Thon will be fun, active, and inclusive – just like our organization. Our Marin City-based nonprofit is committed to spreading the word about who we are and what we do by doing what we do best – Play!”
Austin says the goal of the event is to raise awareness, bring together the Marin community and have fun. “And, if we’re lucky, we hope to raise funds for our programs in the process,” Austin says.
Lululemon, Studio45 Fitness, Orange Theory Fitness and Arcteryx are hosting stations along the path to add energy, fun, and even some SWAG. Play Marin welcomes additional sponsors to host fun activities on the walkathon route, including Giant Jenga, Connect 4, or any kid or adult-friendly activities.
“Any way you feel called to help is appreciated. We look forward to your support of diversity and inclusion through play in our Marin County community,” Austin says.