The MOT Big Ball Marathon will hold its final 24-hour event from 6 p.m. on Sept. 1 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 2 at Silver Lake Park in Middletown.

“This is our 20th, and in fact, our final year for the 24-hour annual MOT Big Ball Marathon,” said Kate Rokosz, president of the organization. “More than $600,000 has been raised to assist local charities, organizations and families in need in the MOT communities.

“Twenty years is a long time to maintain any event without changes. The past several years have gotten more and more difficult to fill the schedule with incoming teams,” Rokosz said. “The board has decided to reexamine our current model to determine how we want to move forward. In the meanwhile, we will maintain our safety net community fund and enjoy our final 24-hour event.”

The organization’s funds are raised through corporate and private donations, incoming teams who pay to play, marathon player donations, concessions, vendors and children's activities.

For the event in September, four teams will be playing for 12 hours each against 42 incoming teams.

Immediately following opening ceremonies is the Home Run Derby, a crowd favorite. The $10 and 5 hits give you the chance to win a trophy.

Admission into the marathon are canned goods, which help to replenish local food banks.

The Big Ball Marathon provides a way for money to be raised by the MOT communities for the MOT communities, neighbors helping neighbors. Middletown volunteer fireman, local police, and Middletown Town Council will be out on the fields, along with local businesses, churches, families, neighborhoods, civic groups, and friends,

Check out the organization’s website for the entertainment schedule www.bigball.org.