About Us


The Marathon Project is a program of the Council on Addiction Prevention and Education (CAPE) of Dutchess County Inc., a non-profit agency founded in 1987. CAPE’s mission is; To provide, promote and pioneer prevention education services for the citizens of Dutchess County and neighboring areas so that they can make healthy and responsible choices to improve individual and community quality of life.

The Marathon Project is an innovative distance running program that pairs adult mentors with at-risk youth 12 years and older.is an innovative distance running after school initiative that pairs adult mentors with at-risk youth ages 12-18 throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley. The project aims to reduce risk factors such as childhood obesity, school drop out, and substance misuse. This after school initiative provides opportunities for students and mentors to set and achieve goals, explore avenues of character development and improve health while building positive, student/adult relationships through running.

The program provides opportunities for students to set and achieve goals, explore avenues of character development, improve health, and build positive student/mentor relationships through mentoring.

Objectives of the Marathon Project;

–To provide students with lessons of responsibility, discipline and goal setting.

–To create opportunities for teens of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds to work together and connect as they work towards common goals.

–To provide mentorship to support and encourage teens to undertake a challenging goal with positive attitudes.

–To provide youth with the external and internal development assets that are linked to the creation of positive, healthy and responsible choices.

–To provide a welcoming and warm environment as every student is given empowerment tools to become successful.

–To prevent the use of drugs and alcohol, gang violence, and bullying.

The Marathon Project was recognized in 2013 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as one of twenty six programs selected nationally as a promising practice with the potential for future recognition as an evidence-based program.