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Grant continues 3Mgives’ support of local organizations focused on STEM

In support of 3M’s global initiative to advance equitable science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), and educational outcomes for students, 3Mgives selects Austin Youth River Watch (AYRW) as the beneficiary of the 2020 3M Half Marathon presented by Under Armour. This grant will allow the Austin-based nonprofit to continue offering a hands-on approach to environmental science, primarily to underserved high school students. 3Mgives continues their support of local organizations that educate youth and prepare them for a possible career in STEM. The 26th annual 3M Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, January 19, 2020, in Austin, Texas.

“Over the 26-year history of the 3M Half Marathon, 3Mgives is so proud to have provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to local Austin nonprofits in order to advance STEM education,” said Stacey Claessens, 3Mgives Community Relations Manager of Austin. “We are pleased to again name Austin Youth River Watch as our race beneficiary so that they can continue to grow their program of providing peer mentoring and environmental education to underserved high school students.”

AYRW named beneficiary for the second year in a row

Austin Youth River Watch is a multi-year, after-school and summer program for high school students, combining peer mentoring with intensive environmental education. Their students collect, analyze, and publish water-quality data from Austin-area streams and rivers. They report their data to local and statewide agencies. Students also work with community partners on environmental restoration projects to improve watershed health. This grant will support AYRW’s program in environmental education and youth development and their efforts to bring STEM to life. In addition to the grant, students and staff will have a booth at the expo. They will also support an aid station on race day. This is the second year in a row that Austin Youth River Watch is the beneficiary.

“We are exceedingly grateful to 3Mgives for naming us as the beneficiary of the 3M Half Marathon for the second year in a row,” said Melinda Chow, Executive Director of Austin Youth River Watch. “Community partners like 3Mgives provide vital support for our programs engaging underserved youth in STEM service-learning activities to improve our environment and enhance collaborative skills. Furthermore, the River Watchers are inspired by being part of such an exciting event that brings Austinites and people from all over the world together in their hometown!”

The 3M Half Marathon boasts one of the fastest 13.1-mile courses in the country. The stand-alone half marathon will celebrate its 26th year running in 2020. Runners will enjoy a point-to-point course with mostly downhill running that showcases some of Austin’s finest locations. Starting in north Austin and finishing near the Texas State Capitol, runners will appreciate a 306’ net elevation drop. Participants can register on the website.

High Five Events is excited to introduce the partnership between the 2017 3M Half Marathon and SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app. The partnership will enable participants and spectators to find easy and affordable parking reservations, saving them both time and money.

“The 3M Half Marathon is one of the faster half marathon courses in the country and runners from all over travel to Austin to set a PR,” said Stacy Keese, co-owner of High Five Events. “It makes perfect sense to partner with SpotHero, a company that allows you to PR in finding a parking spot.”

Participants can download the SpotHero app and secure their parking for both race day and the Packet Pickup & Expo. With SpotHero, drivers know in advance where they are headed and how much they will pay so they don’t need to circle the block looking for parking, hoping to find a spot in time.

“SpotHero takes the hassle and stress out of the parking experience, enabling drivers to focus on the important things in life, like running a marathon or supporting friends and family,” said Kristen Cho, VP of Marketing at SpotHero.

The 3M Half Marathon boasts one of the fastest 13.1-mile courses in the country and will celebrate its 23rd year running in 2017. Runners will enjoy a point-to-point course with mostly downhill running that showcases some of Austin’s finest locations. Starting in north Austin and finishing in front of the Texas State Capitol, runners will appreciate a 306’ net elevation drop. Participants can register and book their hotel on the website.

High Five Events, one of the largest privately owned event production companies in the United States, is pleased to announce that the 3M Half Marathon will implement the services of onPeak, the leading hotel booking solution for large-scale events. Through the platform, registrants can secure the best hotel rates near the start line or the finish line.

onPeak’s forward-thinking housing services and tech solutions factored into the decision to partner with event. Customer service is a high priority of High Five Events and onPeak will make the hotel booking experience an easier process for participants and spectators who travel to Austin.

onPeak’s services include competitive rates at hotels conveniently located near the race venue and fully flexible reservation policies for adjustable planning. The onPeak hotel reservation interface provides an easy way to make and manage bookings for groups of all sizes. onPeak offers a dedicated staff for personal service and any special customer requirements.

“Providing the best experience for our registrants is our top priority and that includes the hotel booking experience,” said Stacy Keese, co-owner of High Five Events. “onPeak has great rates, is simple to navigate and book, and provides top-notch customer service.”

The 3M Half Marathon boasts one of the fastest 13.1-mile courses in the country and will celebrate its 23rd year running in 2017. Runners will enjoy a point-to-point course with mostly downhill running that showcases some of Austin’s finest locations. Starting in north Austin and finishing in front of the Texas State Capitol, runners will appreciate a 306’ net elevation drop. Participants can register and book their hotel on the website.

About High Five Events: Beginning with the launch of a single triathlon in 2003, High Five Events has grown to become one of the largest privately owned event production companies in the United States. In addition to the events it owns and produces, the Austin, Texas-based company offers consulting and event production services to dozens of additional events each year. High Five Events is community-centric and has more than 83 years’ experience organizing large events across different venue types in a variety of locations. Follow High Five Events on Twitter (@highfiveevents), Instagram (@highfiveevents), and Facebook (facebook.com/HighFiveEventsWorldWide/) for news and updates.

About onPeak, LLC: onPeak is the leading hotel booking solution for large-scale events. The company’s unmatched customer service, operational excellence, and award-winning marketing connect event planners and their customers with the right accommodation solutions to maximize room blocks and strengthen hotel and destination relationships. onPeak’s creative business strategies are delivered with a personal touch and global reach, elevating the event housing of more than 100 clients who span an array of industries.