Sponsorship opportunities

Stratford Rotary’s Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon, now in its 36th year, is taking place on 7th May 2017. It has an excellent reputation both locally and nationally and many loyal runners enter year after year. It is well-known within the running community for its superb marshalling and outstanding safety record and has been awarded the BARR Gold standard, reflecting the high standards achieved in every aspect of its organisation.

Around 3,500 runners take part in both the marathon or the half marathon every year. This year has seen the launch of fresh branding and a new website and entry to the races is as popular as ever. We have a very active social media strategy and are achieving great engagement and positive feedback about the races.

This year, we are seeking the involvement of Stratford businesses as we evolve the event into greater community participation, and are pleased to announce that there are a number of sponsorship opportunities available. These offer local companies a chance to be associated with a high profile event with a far reaching audience. We will allocate these on a ‘first come first served’ basis.
These are as follows:

Gold Level (A) Sponsorship (1 available @ £4,000)

This covers the cost of 8 x water stations which are dotted throughout the runners’ courses.

For this, your company will receive:

  • A company logo would appear on two large Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon banners (sized 3000x700mm), supplied by us. Banner to read ‘Water sponsored by xxx under the marathon logo). One will be displayed in the town centre (gyratory roundabout) two weeks prior to the Marathon, the other will be sited near the marquee at the finish line (where many runners and their families congregate during and after the race).
  • An opportunity to place a company representative at each of the eight water stations (in company branded tee shirt) helping our volunteers to hand out water to the runners.
  • A free advert on the home page of our new website, size 175 pixels tall x 117 pixels wide (supplied by you as a png file).
  • A mention on our Twitter and Facebook feeds on a time and date of your choice.
  • A sentence in all press releases prior to and following the marathon, referring to ‘water sponsored by xxxx’.

Gold Level (B) (1 available @ £1,500)

This covers the cost of the prizes given to runners. Sponsors would receive:

  • A banner with Shakespeare Marathon logo and your company logo and company name, (sized 3000x700mm supplied by us) to read ‘Prizes sponsored by (company name).’ This will be displayed where the winners receive their prizes and where photographs are taken of the winners.
  • An opportunity for a company representative to present the prizes with the Rotary president.
  • A free advert on the home page of our new website, size 175 pixels tall x 117 pixels wide (supplied by you as a png file).
  • A mention on our Twitter and Facebook feeds on a time and date of your choice.
  • A mention in all post marathon press releases referring to ‘prizes sponsored by xxxxx’.

Silver Level (A) Sponsorship (8 available @ £500 each)

This covers the cost of one water station. Sponsors would receive:

  • The opportunity to place a company representative at each water station (in company branded tee shirt) helping our volunteers to hand out water to the runners.
  • A banner with Shakespeare Marathon logo and your company logo and company name, (sized 3000x700mm supplied by us) to be displayed at ‘your’ water station saying ‘this water sponsored by (company name)’.
  • A free advert on the home page of our new website, size 175 pixels tall x 117 pixels wide (supplied by you as a png file).
  • One mention on our Facebook and Twitter feeds on a day/time of your choice

Silver Level (B) Sponsorship (1 available @ £500)

This covers the cost of the bananas given to the runners after their race. Sponsor would receive:

  • The opportunity to station a company representative at the banana station (in company branded tee shirt) helping our volunteers to hand out bananas to the runners.
  • A banner or poster featuring Shakespeare Marathon logo and your company name, (sized 3000x700mm, supplied by us), can be displayed at the banana station saying ‘bananas sponsored by (name of company)’.
  • An advert on the home page of our new website, size 175 pixels tall x 117 pixels wide (supplied by you as a png file).
  • One mention on our Facebook and Twitter feeds on a day/time of your choice

Bronze Level (A) Sponsorship (10 available @ £100 each)

Sponsor would receive

  • Space for own banner (no larger than 1.5m x 35cm) to be displayed at the finish line (and so seen by 3,500 runners and families watching them finish).
  • Your company’s logo on ‘our sponsors’ page of our new website

Bronze Level (B) Sponsorship (26 available @ £50 each)

Sponsor would receive:

  • Your company logo on a mile marker, size A2 printed in colour single sided on 4mm Correx to be sited somewhere on the course of the marathon (and so seen by 3,500 runners).
  • Your company logo on ‘our sponsors’ page of our new website.

We would welcome your support and would be pleased to speak to you more about these opportunities.  Any company interested should contact me at e mail: rotaryeveninggroup@gmail.com for more information or to discuss these opportunities in more details.