Many Palace fans have already taken the opportunity to be part of the Palace for Life Foundation Marathon March 2018 on Saturday 13th October as they look to beat last year's tremendous efforts in support of vulnerable young south Londoners.
Following the huge success of the inaugural sponsored walk in October 2017, the Marathon March is back and registration is now open.
Over 100 people took part in the 26.2-mile trek last year, including Palace legends Andrew Johnson and Andy Gray, with the fundraising total reaching over £67,000 to support the Foundation’s work.
Johnson, who scored 85 goals for Palace in 161 appearances, will once again take part in the Marathon March and is encouraging Eagles fans to join him. He said: “From start to finish, the Marathon March was a truly special day and one that made me incredibly proud to be involved with Crystal Palace.
“The atmosphere and camaraderie was great throughout and kept us all going, especially through those tough final few miles!
“We raised a huge amount to support the fantastic work the Palace for Life Foundation does in the community, but it would be great to see even more Palace fans joining us this year and I’d encourage everyone to sign up.”
Beginning at Selhurst Park and finishing in Trafalgar Square, the route will remain the same for 2018 and take in some of the capital's iconic landmarks, passing London rivals Fulham’s ground, Craven Cottage, and heading close to Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge.
The Marathon March is a non-competitive, social event where the primary aim is to raise money for Palace for Life Foundation, who work with over 13,000 of the most hard-to-reach young people each year in the communities around Selhurst Park.
Palace fan Rebecca Hurst, who took part last year, said: “I really enjoyed the day and meeting lots of like-minded people who have the same passion for helping others and also supporting Crystal Palace. It was great to walk and chat with Andy and to find out more about him. The event was extremely well organised and having the Palace Ladies team hand out medals at the end was a great touch.
“The walk showed that as supporters we are not just watching football, we are a family that stick together to help each other and those in our community.”
Palace for Life Foundation CEO Mike Summers added: “We were quite simply blown away at the level of support we had for the Marathon March and the amount of money our marchers and supporters raised is already making a huge difference to our work.
“But there is always more that we can do, and we would be delighted to see even more Palace fans joining us this year as we attempt to raise even more."
All participants are asked to commit to raising a minimum of £300 each in sponsorship, and all those that do will see their name printed in the Palace matchday programme and on the Palace for Life website.
If you want to get involved, you can sign up or find out more information.