Founded in 1990, the Keene Elm City Rotary club is a member of Rotary International, District 7870. Our 60-plus members utilize their skills, experience, and resources to fulfill and encourage the Rotary ideal of “Service Above Self.”
Since 2012, the Clarence DeMar Marathon & Half Marathon has been our signature fundraising event, with proceeds from the DeMar races supporting our primary focus in meeting the needs of the youth in our community.
Being a "hands-on” club has been an essential part of our roots and an important part of who we are today. Our projects include:  International service work in El Salvador and Puerto Rico with our Monadnock Interact program and Greater Keene Rotaract Club; Our much-loved Move Everyday - Sneakers for 2nd Graders program, encouraging area youth to become more physically active; and volunteering for meal service and holiday basket delivery for the Keene Community Kitchen and MUCH (Monadnock Understands Childhood Hunger). Additionally, we actively participate in the local roadside clean-up efforts, maintain a City of Keene Rail Trail pocket park, and support numerous other community non-profits and educational scholarships.
Our club takes part in a wide range of community service projects and helps support other nonprofits in the Monadnock region through its allocation fund.
The Keene Elm City Rotary club is active in encouraging, fostering and participating in the advancement of understanding and goodwill among peoples of the world.
The Clarence DeMar marathon is our annual community health and fundraising event. It includes a full marathon, which is a qualifying race for the Boston marathon, as well as the Kid’s DeMar and Super Seniors marathons.
Thank You To Our 2022 Clarence DeMar Marathon Sponsors
DeMar Level
Qualifier Level
Cheshire Medical Center Dartmouth Hitchcock logoCheshire Medical Center Dartmouth Hitchcock logo 
Half Marathon Level
Water Station Level
                Tom & Babs Putnam            
Kids DeMar Level
Course Level

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