FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Years Double Presents Over $10,000 in
Charitable Donations in Inaugural Year
Allen, Texas – The New Years Double held a check presentation ceremony and
press conference on February 16. With city staff, city councilmembers, race
sponsors, race participants, and beneficiaries in attendance, Libby Jones,
founder and race director for the New Years Double, presented checks to the
9 beneficiaries of this year's inaugural event. While the event had only a
few sponsors, good expense management resulted in being able to present
checks totaling $10,275 to the various charities.
The Allen Parks Foundation was the primary beneficiary of the event and
received $7,600. The list of other charities that benefitted from the
event, with their donated amounts, are Berry Family 5K ($450), Genesis
Women's Shelter ($400), iCare ($375), Allen Lady Eagles Lacrosse Booster
Club ($300), Allen Sports Association Girls Lacrosse ($300), Back On My
Feet Dallas ($300), Scott Sullivan Scholarship Fund in Honor of Frisco
Running Club ($300), Scott White Marrow Donor Program in Honor of Miracle
Match Marathon ($250).
The event would not have been possible without great community partners in
its sponsors. The event sponsors were Next Step Orthopedics, City of
Fairview, Spring Valley Spine and Sportscare, Cinemark Theatres, and Baylor
Regional Medical Center of Plano.
Jones announced at the press conference that next year's New Years Double
will again be limited to 2,000 participants over the two days of the event,
so an even earlier sell out is expected this year. Registration will open
March 1st. Jones used this opportunity to debut a new area race, The
Showdown Half Marathon and 5K, which will be held in Fairview, the town
right next to Allen, to benefit their parks and recreation projects. The
Showdown Half Marathon and 5K will be Saturday, October 13, and
registration will also open March 1st for that event.
Allen Parks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the
primary purposes to assist the City of Allen and other local organizations
in enhancing the overall park system through expanded development of parks
and recreational programming and to accept land, bequests, rights of way,
and other donations.
New Years Double in its inaugural year was a full weekend of run events.
Two days of races, from 5K up to a marathon, at beautiful Celebration Park
in Allen. This event was Collin County's first marathon. By offering
back-to-back days of marathons and half marathons, this put Allen on the
national radar for the distance running community. Each day's race sold
out with 1,000 participants. The next event will be Monday, December 31,
2012 and Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Registration will open for 2012/2013 on
March 1st. For more information on the event go to www.newyearsdouble.com.