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Harlingen Marathon proceeds not to benefit city but to support "community health"

The money collected for the Harlingen Marathon will not benefit the city, but rather support community health and other nonprofits according to owner of a local running business.

The Harlingen Marathon will be taking place on Sunday, Feb. 10, and officials are expecting more participants this year.

Over a thousand runners participated in the inaugural Harlingen Marathon in 2018. According to Cassandra Consiglio, director for the Harlingen Convention Center and Visitors Bureau, last year many people from outside the Valley participated in the Boston Marathon qualifier event.

Consiglio says that while the city is a co-sponsor of the event, and police are on patrol during the marathon, Harlingen doesn't receive any proceeds.

A Harlingen city official tells CBS 4 there’s around 70 officers that will be assisting with security.

"The monies that if you're signed up and registered fees would go to them. The city of Harlingen does not collect any fees for people running or participating," states Consiglio.

Consiglio says the money goes to a local running business, Footwork.

CBS 4 spoke with the owner who says profits are for supporting community health and other nonprofit organizations.

"This is not to collect money. This is to benefit all of our citizens and surrounding neighborhoods as well," Consiglio adds.

The event begins Sunday at 6:30 a.m at Lon C. Hill Park in Harlingen.

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