50 Hour Marathon

50 Hour Marathon
4 DJs, 1 Non-Profit, 0 Sleep

Each spring, VIC Radio hosts the 50 Hour Marathon, a weekend-long fundraising effort that benefits a local non-profit organization.
The annual event was first held in 1986.


VIC Radio is partnering with The Advocacy Center for the 36th Annual 50 Hour Marathon. In Spring of 2023, 4 DJs will stay awake and stay on the air for 50 hours straight to raise money for The Advocacy Center!

The Advocacy Center is the only provider of Domestic and Sexual Violence services in Tompkins County, NY. While the agency has grown, expanded services, and adapted to the ever-changing needs of survivors and the community over the years, they remain committed to the core philosophy of providing compassionate, trauma-informed, survivor-focused services and education with roots in feminism and the grassroots battered women’s movement of the 1970s. Today the agency has expanded to provide not only domestic violence services but also services to youth and adult survivors of child sexual abuse, adult sexual assault, and rape. This is a long and proud history, and they owe so much to the dedication of their volunteers, staff, and local community and also to the inspiration provided by the stories and strength of survivors. The Advocacy Center continues to work toward a community where all are free from violence in their homes, relationships, and life.
Your donation will go towards The Advocacy Center’s efforts to respond to the urgent needs of their clients who are often in a crisis situation. Whether it’s for transportation, free legal support for obtaining an order of protection, a lock change, or relocating to safe housing, their advocates can help immediately with the help of your donation.

The third annual fall Virtual Benefit Concert is live! Featuring performances from Bibi Club, Microbes Mostly, Jacob Faurholt, D.K. Lyons, and Ed Staal, check it out below or on YouTube!


Thank you so much to our DJs, everyone who tuned in, and especially to our donors!


In April 2019 and October 2021, the annual event was recognized by the New York State Broadcasters Association with a “Serving New York” award, honoring the station’s commitment to the Ithaca community.


The 2021 Marathon benefited the Ithaca Children’s Garden. Chris Masciarelli, Chloe Levy, Teagen Parker and Teddy Byrne stayed awake and on the air for 50 hours straight, accepted donations from listeners, and played some awesome music! $3,865 was raised for ICG. Click here for more info on 2021’s marathon.

 The 2019 Marathon benefited the Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service of Tompkins County. Katie Siple, Will Carlson, Alys Derby & Finn McMillan battled the urge to sleep, accepted donations, and played some great tunes. $3,619.73 was raised for SPCS.

The 2018 Marathon benefitted Cinemapolis, Ithaca’s non-profit, independent movie theater.


In 2017, $2,334.00 was raised for Friendship Donations Network.




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