NYRR Helps Stage 4M Run for Haiti

NYRR, Office of the Mayor of New York City, NYC Parks &
Recreation Announce the Run for Haiti
As part of a joint
effort to provide critical aid to Haiti, 100% of entry fees from run will go to
NYC’s Haiti Relief Fund

NEW YORK – (February 2, 2010) – New York Road Runners, the
Mayor’s Office of New York City
and the NYC Department of Parks &
have announced the Run for Haiti, a 4-mile run and walk to
benefit Haiti relief efforts, to take place on Saturday, February 20, at 9:00am
in Central Park.

All entry fees ($40 per entry) will go directly to New
York City’s Haiti Relief Fund
, which is administered by the Mayor’s Fund to
Advance New York City and directed to the following organizations: the American
Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Partners in Health and the United Nations
World Food Programme.

Entry applications are on a first-come, first-served basis
and are now available at www.nyrr.org. The
event will be capped at 8,000 participants. In an effort to expand the scope of
the event, runners can participate in a four-mile virtual run through
MapMyFitness.com in cooperation with NYRR by clicking on www.mapmyrun.com/virtual_event/ny_haiti/index.

“Over the past few weeks I’ve spoken with a lot of New
Yorkers with family in Haiti, and their stories are simply heartbreaking,” said
Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “New York City is doing everything possible to
support earthquake relief efforts, including accepting donations to the City’s
Haiti Relief Fund, which so far has raised over a million dollars. I am grateful
to New York Road Runners and the Parks Department for organizing the Run for
Haiti where all entry fees will directly go to the Fund.”

“The devastating earthquake in Haiti has brought out the best
in New Yorkers. Through donations to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City,
our contributions are providing the emergency relief where it is needed the
most,” said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe. “As the
recovery efforts continue, we need to keep working hard to help, and I applaud
New York Road Runners for joining the City of New York in organizing the Run for
Haiti. This four-mile run/walk through Central Park is a great form of exercise,
and the entire entry fee will be applied directly to the City’s Haiti Relief

“The devastation in Haiti is so tragic that it can be
paralyzing to think about it. The idea of the Run for Haiti is to give people
the chance to take action by running and walking and to come together in support
by donating to the relief efforts,” said New York Road Runners president and CEO
Mary Wittenberg. “It will be a run to remember in NYC, and thanks to our
partner MapMyFitness.com, runners around the world will be able to join
virtually in an unprecedented coming-together of the running community to make a

The Run for Haiti will include pre-race and post-race
activities for families, including free kids’ races.

New York City’s Haiti Relief Fund, administered by the
Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, was established to provide a secure
vehicle for donations to aid the victims of the January 12, 2010, earthquake.
The Mayor’s Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, serves as an umbrella not-for-profit
organization for the City of New York to aid public programs with private
support. To donate by phone, call 311 (212-NEW-YORK outside New York City);
online, go to www.nyc.gov/fund; by mail,
make check payable to Mayor’s Fund, One Centre Street, 23rd Floor, New York, NY
10007 (note: Haiti Relief Fund).

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