NYRR has created the 2012 ING New York City Marathon Race to Recover Fund and will donate at least $1 million, or $26.20 for each of the more than 40,000 runners expected to participate in the race. The Marathon Race to Recover Fund will support a number of charities involved in relief efforts, including the Mayor’s Fund and the American Red Cross.
“NYRR’s thoughts and prayers go out to all of those impacted by the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy,” said Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of NYRR. “On Sunday, as runners cross the five boroughs, we want them to bring with them a sense of hope and resilience. The marathon is not just a race — it’s about helping NYC find its way on the road to recovery.”
Jack and Susan Rudin and the Rudin Family Foundations also announced a donation of $1.1 million, and race title sponsor ING announced a $500,000 donation.
“As a founding member of the marathon, we are incredibly proud to be able to partner with NYRR to support the Mayor‘s Fund disaster relief efforts for the city we love so much,” said Jack Rudin. “New York has always been my home, and this is the right thing to do.”
NYRR is encouraging all runners, families, friends, and the organization’s 60,000 members to at least match the $26.20 per runner donation.
“All of the NYRR members are New Yorkers either by locale or in spirit,” said George Hirsch, chairman of the NYRR Board of Directors. “We hope that they’ll join in this effort to help New York get back on its feet.”