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Jackson returns as Maple Run’s sponsor

Members of the organizing committee for the Middlebury Maple Run, the Sweetest Half announced that Ingrid Punderson Jackson Real Estate will be returning as the race’s title sponsor. Picture: A participant in last year;s Maple Run.

Members of the organizing committee for the Middlebury Maple Run, the Sweetest Half announced that Ingrid Punderson Jackson Real Estate will be returning as the race’s title sponsor. Picture: A participant in last year;s Maple Run. ACCC photo

— Members of the organizing committee for the Middlebury Maple Run, the Sweetest Half announced that Ingrid Punderson Jackson Real Estate will be returning as the race’s title sponsor.

Scheduled for Sunday, May 5, with a start time of 9 a.m., the Middlebury Maple Run is one of New England’s “must-do” races with an estimated 800 to 1,000 runners expected for the 2013 edition.

“Supporting the race really is a pleasure for us. The Middlebury Maple Run is so awesome and I love that it draws people from all over the region—and the country,” said Ingrid Punderson Jackson. “Plus, we love that the race is so well run.”

The proceeds from 2012’s Middlebury Maple Run were donated to several worthwhile charities.

A total of $6,500 was distributed among one national charity, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and several Addison County-based charities, H.O.P.E., Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Center, Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Girls on the Run, MVAA, and the Middlebury Police Department.

Local lodging properties, restaurants and merchants will reap benefits as well. Approximately 40 percent of the runners have been from out of state—the majority from neighboring New England states and New York. Many runners will be traveling with family and friends resulting in more than 1,000 visitors in the area during race weekend. The Addison County Chamber of Commerce estimates the Middlebury Maple Run provides direct economic impact to the area of at least $100,000.

Organizing and hosting a 13-mile footrace is a large undertaking and the organizing committee is soliciting additional sponsorships.

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