Funds to support the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and ECHO (Emergency Children’s Health Organization), benefitting the areas of Staten Island that were among the most affected by Hurricane Sandy
New York, December 3, 2013—New York Road Runners (NYRR) and Staten Island Borough President Molinaro announced today a $125,000 Staten Island Day donation to Hurricane Sandy recovery programs. The donated funds were provided to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and ECHO.
“We were honored to partner with Borough President Molinaro to create Staten Island Day and raise significant funds to help the borough continue to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy,” said NYRR president and CEO Mary Wittenberg. “The Staten Island Half-Marathon is one of NYC’s marquee running events, and we were thrilled that this year’s race served as the cornerstone for a day dedicated to supporting and celebrating Staten Island.”
Staten Island Day took place on October 13, 2013, and was a day of events that was dedicated to positively impacting the communities of Staten Island and providing support for ongoing recovery efforts. Staten Island Day included the Staten Island Half-Marathon with 6,812 finishers, the Staten Island Day 1.5-Mile Fun Run, activities for families, and community and fundraising events. Borough President Molinaro and NYRR chaired a Host Committee, made up of borough representatives, that was responsible for helping coordinate the day.
“I was grateful that New York Road Runners asked me to partner with them for this noble cause,” said Borough President Molinaro. “The very generous donation they have provided will go a long way toward assisting victims of Hurricane Sandy, and on behalf of all Staten Islanders, I extend my deepest thanks and appreciation.”
A recap of Staten Island Day and the Half-Marathon, including results, photos, and stories, can be found here.
Founded in 1958, New York Road Runners has grown from a local running club to the world’s premier community running organization, whose mission is to help and inspire people through running. NYRR’s commitment to New York City’s five boroughs features races, community events, youth initiatives, school programs, and training resources that provide hundreds of thousands of people each year, from children to seniors, with the motivation, know-how, and opportunity to run for life. NYRR’s premier event, the TCS New York City Marathon, features 50,000 participants, from the world’s elite athletes to a wide range of recreational and charity runners, and is part of the World Marathon Majors, an alliance of the world’s six biggest marathons that determines each year’s top male and top female marathoner. To learn more, visit www.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