Local runners are now making plans to participate in one of the most popular marathons in the country – the ING Miami Marathon/Half Marathon, to take place on January 29, 2012.

For many of them, it will be a Run to Remember. The National Hospice Foundation’s Run to Remember program is a Participating Charity Group for the ING Marathon, enabling runners to support Hope Hospice. It can also be a memorable way to honor a loved one.

To participate in Run to Remember for Hope Hospice, register at no cost at www.runtoremember.org. Participants set up a personal Web page. Family, friends, co-workers and others should be encouraged to visit the site and make an on line donation in support of the runner.

Fifty percent of the proceeds will go to Hope Hospice, to help care for everyone in need in the local community. The other 50 percent will go to the National Hospice Foundation, to support the work of hospice nationwide.

For more information about Run to Remember, visit https://hopehcs.org/RuntoRemember/

The ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon course is known as one of the flattest, most scenic courses in the country. More than 20,000 people from around the world are expected to participate.