GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- A local marathon is making a difference in the community.
The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon takes place each May, but the proceeds from the event help non-profits all year-round.
On Friday, Greater Green Bay YMCA Full Circle Program and Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity received a portion of the $53,997 raised from this year's marathon.
The Full Circle Program at the YMCA organizes recreational classes for kids on the autism spectrum.
According to the program's coordinator, Holly Tritabaugh, the need for these types of classes has grown in recent years.
"This money will go towards continuing the programs. This fall, we have 50 kids that will be starting the program through the school year and then some will go to camp, so it helps cover the class costs, the staffing, and then additionally going to camp and any supplies," Tritabaugh said.
Marathon organizers also recognized its top fundraiser Friday. The Mary Poppele Award was given to Cassie Conard, who raised $330 through the Run for a Reason program.
Since its inception in 2000, the marathon has donated more than $1.5 million to 18 local charity partners.
Next year's Cellcom Green Bay Marathon is scheduled for May 16-17.
Registration for 2020's marathon will begin sometime at the end of October to beginning of November.