On October 13, NYRR’s 5-Borough Race Series for 2013 will wrap up on a poignant note with the Staten Island Half-Marathon, with net proceeds donated by NYRR to programs aimed at the borough’s ongoing recovery from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.
At least $100,000 from the event will be given to the Siller Foundation and ECHO (Emergency Children’s Health Organization). Some of the final miles of the race will be run along the borough’s eastern shoreline, where residents are still fighting to recover from some of the heaviest damage inflicted by the storm.
The half-marathon and 1.5-Mile Fun Run form the centerpiece of “Staten Island Day,” proclaimed by borough president James Molinaro.
The day’s activities, announced today by Molinaro and NYRR, include carnival games, live music, inflatable slides, obstacle courses, a rock-climbing wall, athletic competitions, and a Staten Island Yankees Fun Zone.
Also featured will be a Taste of Staten Island, which will showcase cuisine from some of the Staten Island restaurants hit hardest by Sandy, and a “Join the Huddle” interactive experience as part of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee’s tour.
“Staten Island Day” will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at and around Richmond County Bank Ballpark, at 75 Richmond Terrace. The half-marathon will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the fun run following at 10:30 a.m.
“We are honored to partner with Borough President Molinaro to create Staten Island Day,” said NYRR president and CEO Mary Wittenberg when the event was announced this spring. “The Staten Island Half-Marathon is our marquee event in the borough and anchors NYRR’s 5-Borough Series. We are thrilled that this year’s race will serve as the centerpiece of a day dedicated to the celebration of Staten Island.”
Among the thousands of runners expected will be a contingent from Run 2 Rebuild, a nonprofit group that races to raise awareness and funds for victims of Sandy.
“We welcome the activities planned for Staten Island by New York Road Runners, and we thank them for the generous donation to benefit Sandy victims,” said Molinaro. “This donation will go a long way toward helping people rebuild their homes and lives.”
More information and registration for the Staten Island Half-Marathon is available here, and for the 1.5-Mile Fun Run here. The half-marathon is the final race in NYRR's 5-Borough Series before the ING New York City Marathon on November 3.
“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