by Emilyn Lagger

Thidapa Suwannapur

The Marathon Classic presented by Dana takes place from July 8 through July 14 at Highland Meadows Golf Club. The Marathon Classic, founded in 1984, is one of the longest running events on the LPGA Tour.
The annual event continues to work with many different charities. Since 1984 the Marathon Classic has contributed over $11.8 million to 180 northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan children’s charities. Two charities that are the core recipients each year are the Ronald McDonald House and the Jamie Farr Scholarship Fund administered by the Toledo Community Foundation.
“My favorite part of the event is seeing the community come together to support the LPGA as well as the 23 children’s charities the event raises money for. This year we are estimating to raise over $600,000 for these charities,” Alex Graf, marketing and event coordinator said.
This year, the Marathon Classic will have over 15 local food and drink vendors as well as special activities for varying age ranges. Putts and Par is an area of kid friendly activities taking place from 10 am to 4 pm Thursday through Sunday. Senior day is Thursday and people 65+ will get in free. Friday is mascot day, so expect to see area mascots stirring up excitement. Saturday is college day and students get in for free with some discounts on food and beverages, and throughout the whole week ages 17 and under get in free as well.
“We expect publicity for the LPGA and excitement about the Solheim Cup coming to Toledo in 2021 to contribute to an increase in sales for the Marathon Classic,” Graf said.
For ticket information visit the Marathon Classic’s website, Area Kroger locations will also be selling buy one get one free tickets.