The M.O.T. Big Ball Marathon kicks off Labor Day weekend with 24 hours of softball and good will, raising money for local causes.

1. The money raised stays in the community. Some of it gets donated to local charities like the Boys and Girls Club and Habitat for Humanity, local schools and even local families. Some of it also goes into the organization’s “safety net fund,” which helps local families in need of utilities, medical supplies, food and even transportation.

2.  This year’s event features 48 teams, who will go up against four marathon teams in a softball-like game. Each team is made up of local residents who live or work in the community, like Middletown Robotics, Sully’s Irish Pub, MHS Boys Soccer, Delaware Smile Center and Back Creek Grille.

3. Couldn’t get a team together but still want to go? Admission will only cost you a can of food, which Rokosz said will go towards stocking local food pantries. Teacher supplies are also being collected this year.

4. Live music has always been a big part of the marathon and this year more than a half a dozen bands will provide a soundtrack for the event. The amps will be plugged in by 8 p.m., when the Joe Trainor Trio starts playing, followed by 3 Day Weekend at 9:30 p.m. The music starts back up at 10 a.m., Saturday morning, with 2nd Sunday. Crabmeat Thompson and other musicians keep the beat going throughout the rest of the day.

5. The Home Run Derby will take place Friday night and is open to anyone with $10 in his or her pocket. Each entrant will then get five hits and the chance to take home the enormous trophy that goes to the winner.

6. The Big Ball Marathon couldn’t happen every year without the dedicated individuals who make up the four official marathon teams: Thundercats, Love U, Scared Hitless and Nick’s Knuckles. These people—more than 70 of them— play in 12-hour shifts so that the other 48 fundraising teams have an opponent.

7. Donating money to an individual or a team couldn’t be easier. All that’s needed is a computer and an internet connection. Visit and click on “donate to a player/team.” Visitors are then linked out to a page with all the individuals and teams participating. Simply click on the name of the person or team and follow the instructions to make a credit card donation. Donations will also be accepted by check. More information is available on the website.