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Keene, NH — Savings Bank of Walpole (SBW) is showing their support for one of the community’s most anticipated annual events by once again participating as a DeMar Level Sponsor of the 2023 Clarence DeMar Marathon which will take place on Sunday, September 24. The Bank has been a DeMar Level Sponsor for the past five years and plans to continue to support the race at this level for years to come.

“As a bank that believes in giving back to our community and supporting others, it’s both exciting and an honor to support and sponsor the Clarence DeMar Marathon again this year,” says Mark Bodin, President for Savings Bank of Walpole. “Not only is this a race but it is a true community event. I encourage everyone to show their support for this wonderful event by coming out on the day of the race to cheer for participating runners.”

Hosted by the Keene Elm City Rotary Club, the Clarence DeMar marathon and half marathon starts in Gilsum and Surry NH, respectively and ends on the campus of Keene State College.

It is not only the city’s premier athletic event that attracts runners from all over the world but is a large community event as well. Proceeds from the marathon fund a number of the Rotary Club’s important initiatives including the Sneaker Project which provides sneakers to 2nd graders in an effort to reinforce the importance of Moving Everyday.

In addition, for the past 20 years, the Rotary Club has exposed over 400 local young people to service projects in El Salvador and Nicaragua, building homes, schools and helping to establish fresh-water resources.  

SBW employees will once again show their support for the marathon in several ways including participating and volunteering and we may even have a few runners. The Bank will also host a Cheer station at its Court Street branch.

With assets totaling $725 million, the Bank offers a wide range of financial products, including services to individuals, businesses and organizations. The Bank is affiliated with NH Mutual Bancorp, further enhancing the quality products and services it provides to customers. The Bank is a partner of the NHTrust1 brand to better serve customers by providing localized trust and wealth management products and services. Savings Bank of Walpole is an equal housing lender, and member of the FDIC. For more information visit or call (603) 352-1822.

About the Clarence DeMar Marathon

Clarence DeMar was born into an impoverished childhood. He overcame health troubles, hardship, and World War I to become a seven-time B.A.A. Boston Marathon champion, an Olympic medalist, and an international running icon. No one has ever broken his record number of Boston wins. The Clarence DeMar Marathon was established in 1978 to honor Clarence DeMar, a former Keene resident. The Marathon features two competitive races, a full marathon and half marathon, and two community wellness programs: the DeMar Kids Marathon and DeMar Super Senior Marathon. For more information, please visit

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