RIVER EDGE, November 9, 2016—Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County was named an Official Charity Partner of the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half. The race will take place on Sunday, March 19, 2017.
“The opportunity to partner with the United Airlines NYC Half gives Habitat Bergen the ability to raise funds and awareness for affordable housing,” said Pamela Nall, Chief of Staff with Habitat Bergen. “We look forward to having a dedicated team of runners participate in the United Airlines NYC Half on behalf of our organization—training, preparing, and ultimately completing the 13.1-mile race for a cause that is both meaningful and close to each and every one of them.”
At the 2016 United Airlines NYC Half, nearly 5 million was raised by approximately 2,900 charity runners to help more than 130 organizations support their missions and services. Approximately 140 official charity partners will be part of the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half.
Habitat Bergen has been granted five runner entries and is seeking to fill the entries as soon as possible. Interested runners should contact Pamela Nall at [email protected].
“We welcome Habitat Bergen as an official charity partner of the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half,” said Michael Rodgers, Vice President Development & Philanthropy for New York Road Runners. “Our charity partners provide thousands of runners an opportunity to add meaning to their miles, and we are inspired by our partners and runners’ dedication to making a difference in the lives of those in need.”
The 2017 United Airlines NYC Half, set for Sunday, March 19, will feature 20,000 runners in the 13.1-mile race. For the second consecutive year, a free youth run in Times Square at the United Airlines NYC Half will feature 1,000 students, many from NYRR’s free youth running programs, in a 1500-meter out-and-back race along Seventh Avenue and through Times Square. The race takes place simultaneously alongside the United Airlines NYC Half route. The 2017 United Airlines NYC Half will be broadcast live locally on WABC-TV, Channel 7 for the sixth consecutive year
The 2016 United Airlines NYC Half had 20,179 finishers from nearly all 50 states and 70 countries.
About Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County
The goal of Habitat Bergen is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the face of the earth by working in partnership with people in need. Using volunteer labor and donated funds and materials, Habitat Bergen builds or rehabilitates simple, decent houses and sells them to low-income families at cost, but with no interest added. Habitat Bergen is a people-to-people partnership, which joins all of us together regardless of race, nationality, religion, or socioeconomic status. That partnership begins with the homeowner families (partner families). Habitat Bergen is not a giveaway program, but a joint venture in which those who benefit from the housing ministry are involved in the work at various levels. They help with the construction of their own home, as well as the houses of their neighbors.
About New York Road Runners
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 running 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, and the largest marathon in the world, is the TCS New York City Marathon. Held annually on the first Sunday in November, the race features 50,000 runners, from the world’s top professional athletes to a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners. To learn more, visit www.nyrr.org.