FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York Road Runners, Rudin Family, and the ING Foundation
Announce Creation of "Race to Recover" Marathon Fund to Aid New Yorkers
Impacted by Hurricane Sandy
NYRR to Donate $1 Million, or $26.20 for Every Runner Who
Runs in the 2012 ING New York City Marathon
Rudin Family Donates $1.1 Million to NYC
Relief Organizations Supporting the Recovery Efforts
The ING Foundation Donates $500,000 to Fund
Runners Encouraged to Match $26.20 Contribution
NEW YORK – Today, the New York Road Runners (NYRR) announced the creation
of the "2012 ING New York City Marathon Race to Recover Fund" and that NYRR
is donating at least $1 million, or $26.20 for each of the more than 40,000
runners expected to participate. Marathon Race to Recover will support a
number of charities involved in the relief efforts including the Mayor's
Fund and the American Red Cross.
"New York Road Runners thoughts and prayers go out to all of those impacted
by the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy," said Mary Wittenberg, Chief
Executive Officer of NYRR. "On Sunday, as runners cross through the five
boroughs we want them to bring with them a sense of hope and resilience.
The marathon is not just a race – it's about helping NYC find its way down
the road to recovery."
Jack and Susan Rudin & the Rudin Family Foundations also announced a
donation of $1.1 million and race title sponsor ING announced a $500,000
"As a founding member of the marathon, we are incredibly proud to be able
to partner with NYRR's club to support the Mayor's Fund disaster relief
efforts for the city we love so much," said Jack Rudin. "New York has
always been my home and this is the right thing to do."
Additionally, Paul Nicaj, owner of Pasha Events, one of the NYRR caterers,
announced that he will be donating $26,200. Further partner donations will
be announced in the coming days.
NYRR is encouraging all runners, families, friends and the organization's
60,000 members to at least match the $26.20 per runner donation.
"All of the NYRR members are New Yorkers either by locale or in spirit and
we hope that they'll join in this effort to help New York get back on its
feet," said George Hirsch, Chairman of the NYRR Board.
To donate go to the Mayor's Fund or to CrowdRise.