CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The area’s oldest footrace has a date for 2019, and more importantly, a good cause to donate to.

Every year, the Charlottesville 10 Miler selects a primary beneficiary to donate race proceeds to and this year, Computers4 Kids will receive the race’s donation. Computers4Kids is a nonprofit in Charlottesville that provides low-income youth with mentors, computers, and access to new technologies.

Other beneficiaries of the race include the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline, and the UVA Running Club.

Students and staff from Computers4Kids say they are excited about new opportunities that may come from the extra funding.

“This is a really exciting opportunity for us,” said Clubhouse Coordinator at Computers4Kids. “Obviously the 10 Miler is a huge deal Charlottesville in general and this is not only a wonderful opportunity to get funds flowing in for our youth members, but also a great opportunity to just get our name out there.”

Last year’s race raised more than $50,000 for the Building Goodness Foundation. Staff at C4K say they can use that kind of money to get new professional-grade equipment, as well as send students to speak at state and nation-wide conferences.

"It felt really nice because we're getting an opportunity to get new equipment in, especially for me cause I love making music so if we're able to get some professional-grade equipment in studio, it would be awesome," said C4K member Trevoris Hines

This year’s race will be held on March 23 at 7:15 a.m. The cost of entry is $50 until January 27, when the fee goes up. Participants can sign up here.

Press Release from Computers4Kids:

Charlottesville, VA (1/22/2019) – C4K (Computers4Kids) has been chosen as the primary beneficiary of the 2019 Charlottesville Ten Miler race, scheduled for Saturday 23 March, 2019. C4K equips youth from low-income households with STEM skills through mentoring and project-based learning, to prepare them to be competitive for college and career opportunities. C4K offerings emphasize skills that have been identified by Charlottesville's own growing tech industry as in-demand. Registration for the Ten Miler is now open at When registering, race participants have the option to donate to C4K and to secondary beneficiaries. 

Nicole Brimer, Director of the Charlottesville Ten Miler Race, said of C4K: “We are inspired by C4K's commitment to our community. Technology access and training – which C4K provides – are crucial for young people to be prepared for future success. That C4K also gives youth a safe place to go after school and in the summer, where they are supported by mentors, makes them an organization worth supporting.” 

Every year, C4K serves an average of 175 youth in grades 6 - 12. Among C4K members, 100% are from low-income households – in fact, 71% live in extreme poverty (below the local survival annual income of $28,719). 93% are youth of color, and 25% were born outside the US. All programs are provided to youth year-round, free of charge. C4K is open to youth after school during the school year and all day during the summer. Kala Somerville, Executive

Director of C4K, remarked: “When we equip youth with job skills and support them through mentoring, they have a better chance at achieving self-sustainability. This benefits the entire community by reducing poverty. We are delighted to have the support of Charlottesville's running community in continuing our work.”