LONGVIEW (KYTX) - With the weather starting to warm up, a lot of marathons are also starting to sprout up around East Texas. There is one happening next weekend in Longview that is going to help a unique cause.
The AMBUCS chapter of Longview will be holding its annual Run For Those Who Can't 1/2 Marathon and 5K on Saturday, March 12. AMBUCS is a non-profit organization that supports people with disabilities.
Allen Lizza is the president of Longview's AMBUCS and said event's like next Saturday are integral for his club's ability to make a difference.
"The more we can receive in a way of contributions or net-proceeds from the events that we hold, the exposure that we get, just allows us to do that much more," Lizza said.
Lizza said the support of sponsors are also a key element to any type of event his club puts together. Longview's Topp Office Supply is one of these sponsors, and owner John Durst said these are the type of events he envisions his company being a part of year in and year out.
"This is a great way to serve our community beyond just our customers," Durst said. "This is going to be a great weekend."
Tommy Knight of Bockmon, Knight and Traylor Insurance is another local sponsor, and he said it wasn't a difficult decision to become a supporter.
"We get a chance to help create independence for people with disabilities," Knight said. "It's a no-brainer."
When AMBUCS raises money from events like this marathon, Lizza said the money goes towards three main things.
"Scholarships for occupational and physical therapy assistance students, ramp building and then the world-renowned amtrykes," Lizza said.
The amtryke, which was invented in Longview in 1989, is specially crafted for those who have special physical needs. More than 16,000 amtrykes have been given away by AMBUCS chapters nationwide.
To learn more about AMBUCS or learn how to sign up for this marathon, you can visit the club's website at longviewambucs.com.