Molex, a leading global manufacturer of electronic solutions, has announces its fourth year as an official sponsor of the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The 41st Bank of America Chicago Marathon, part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM) race series, will be held on Sunday, October 7th.
The annual Chicago Marathon makes a significant economic impact on the host city of Chicago and assists in raising millions of dollars for a variety of charitable organizations.
“We are honoured to be an official sponsor of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for the fourth consecutive year,” said Martin Slark, CEO of Molex and board member of Koch Industries. “The spirit of this Chicagoland tradition exemplifies our shared dedication to supporting charitable initiatives and building healthy communities.
“Team Molex and our colleagues from other innovative Koch companies bring an unbridled energy to the pursuit of excellence and the encouragement of others to achieve their goals.”
The company will once again sponsor a Team Molex charitable giving program offering employees an opportunity to raise funds for their favourite charity. Runners are encouraged to select a charity of their choice to sponsor. Once selected, anyone can contribute to the charity on behalf of the runner through the online fundraising site, CrowdRise. Last year’s efforts raised more than US$100,000 for 20 charities.
Team Molex expects more than 400 runners from across the globe for this year’s race and plans to bring more than 150 employee volunteers to the marathon in October. Last year, Molex sponsored over 300 Team Molex runners and 150 employee volunteers to staff the aid station and information booths.
Molex will also greet race fans at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, at McCormick Place Convention Center on Friday, October 5th, and Saturday, October 6th. The booth will again include a popular interactive running experience created by the tech specialist, which last year gave more than 3,000 visitors the chance to virtually run through the streets of Chicago.
“Based on the achievements of the past three years, I anticipate that Molex’s continued involvement will help to make our 41st marathon another success,” said Carey Pinkowski, Bank of America Chicago Marathon Executive Race Director. “Their dedication to pushing forward as a team and a health-conscious company culture demonstrates the philosophy and impact behind the race. Through personal determination and collective accomplishment, we all move forward together.”