Mercy Project started the BCS Marathon in 2011. Mercy Project’s Founder and Executive Director Chris Field and his staff put on the race each year.

Mercy Project, based in Bryan/College Station, is working to eradicate child slavery in Ghana, Africa. To do this, they are implementing economic development projects in various villages and communities in Ghana where an estimated 7,000 children work as modern day slaves. These new economic opportunities give an alternative to the forced child labor present today. To learn more, visit



Down Syndrome Association of the Brazos Valley

We are proud to partner with Down Syndrome Association of the Brazos Valley as our local children’s charity for 2016!

What is Down Syndrome?

Down syndrome is the most common survivable genetic difference affecting one in every 733 live births according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Founded in 2002, our original name was the Down Syndrome Support Group of the Brazos Valley. Our has changed over the decade, but our purpose remains true. We are a community of individuals and couples with Down syndrome, self-advocates, families, friends and professionals.

Our community-based support allows us to host and sponsor regular social activities, year-round educational programs, conferences, workshops and community events. We are fortunate to live an a loving and inclusive community that is aware of the inherent worth, value and contributions of people with Down syndrome, as well as those with other disabilities.

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