“Running onto the field” is about to take on a whole new meaning at MetLife Stadium.
On Sunday, June 24, the New York Giants and New York Road Runners will kick off their new partnership with the inaugural NY Giants Run of Champions 5K Presented by Walgreens and Duane Reade. The event will benefit The Giants Foundation and NYRR programming.
“We are pleased to partner with the Super Bowl champion New York Giants,” said Ann Wells Crandall, NYRR executive vice president of business development and strategic partnerships. “The goals and objectives of the Giants and The Giants Foundation are perfectly aligned with what we stand for at New York Road Runners—health and fitness for life. This partnership provides our runners and new runners from New Jersey and surrounding areas to run in the iconic MetLife stadium.”
This family event will feature a 5K, kids’ races and activities, and more. The fast 5K race will begin in the MetLife Stadium parking lot and finish on the MetLife Stadium field, with runners able to watch themselves on the stadium’s video boards as they cross into the end zone.
“When you get a chance to run and finish on the field, it’s going to be a pretty special thing,” said Amani Toomer, the former Giants wide receiver who ran the ING New York City Marathon in 2010 to raise funds for NYRR Youth Programs, on the “ING New York City Marathon Opening Day Presented by ASICS” broadcast on Wednesday.
Kids’ races (ages 2−12) will take place on the field immediately after the 5K race. Runners and spectators will also be invited to tour the Giants locker room.
All proceeds from the event will be split between The Giants Foundation, which assists charitable and youth related causes throughout the greater metropolitan area, and NYRR’s programming, which includes races, community events, instruction and training resources, and youth programs.
“The New York Football Giants are excited to partner with the New York Road Runners on our first 5K run at MetLife Stadium,” said Giants Director of Community Relations Allison Stangeby. “We know that working alongside NYRR, this event will be a championship success.” New York Giants’ players, past and present, will be there on race day to support the race, sign autographs, and cheer on participants.
For more information on all activities and to sign up for the race, visit nyrr.org.
“Our races are to our sport what Wimbledon and the Australian, U.S., and French Opens are to tennis, and what the Masters, U.S., and British Opens and PGA Championship are to golf. Each race has the history, the tradition, the honor roll of legendary champions, and a special place in the eyes of all to make them stand apart from the other events.” Mary Wittenberg