Thursday, May 10, 2007

Man chases down $3,500 for Frederick United Way

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Dane Rauschenberg started the Frederick Marathon as the absolutely last runner Sunday. He ended up in 17th place overall, earning $3,500 for the United Way in the process.

Rauschenberg of Arlington, Va., was the marathon’s first ‘‘charity chaser.” Letting every other runner get ahead of him at the starting gun, Rauschenberg earned $2 for every runner he passed on his way to the finish line. Investment banking firm Ferris, Baker Watts Inc. donated the cash.

On Monday, the firm announced that with 1,000 registered marathon runners, and another 600 entered as part of a relay event, only 28 people reached the finish line on Stadium Drive before Rauschenberg. That means that he bested 1,572 runners, earning $3,144.

The company rounded its donation up, according to Robin Oegerle, vice president of marketing for the firm.

‘‘He was fast,” Oegerle said. ‘‘I was there at the finish line and watched him that last 50 feet move past one more person before the finish line.”

Rauschenberg, 30, finished at a time of 3:03:22, 17th among all runners and 16th in the male division.

A little hoarse from the wind and yelling on marathon day, Rauschenberg said Monday that he is pleased at both his time and his work for charity.

‘‘It’s absolutely wonderful,” he said. ‘‘I honestly feel pretty darn good and never expected I would raise that much on my own. This is a wonderful donation ... that hopefully inspires others to fund raise and realize how running can benefit themselves and charities.”

In addition to the $3,500 raised for the United Way, race sponsor Corrigan Sports Enterprises donated $500 to L’Arche-Mobile, an Alabama-based organization that helps people with mental disabilities. Rauschenberg raises funds for the group year-round through running events.