The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) was named an Official Charity Partner of the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half today. The race will take place on Sunday, March 19, 2017.
“The opportunity to partner with the United Airlines NYC Half gives the ABTA the ability to raise funds and awareness for the brain tumor cause,” said Adam Wilt, advancement director, Events, American Brain Tumor Association. “We look forward to having a dedicated team of runners take on the United Airlines NYC Half for our organization and the brain tumor cause—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.
Runners for the ABTA become part of Team Breakthrough, the ABTA’s endurance training program. This program is designed to allow runners of all levels, from beginner to more advanced, to participate in nationwide endurance events, while raising awareness and funds for brain tumor research and programs for those impacted by a brain tumor diagnosis. In 2016, there were 160 runners hailing from 30 states and 2 countries on Team Breakthrough. The ABTA expects more than 200 people to join in 2017.
“We welcome the American Brain Tumor Association 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.
To learn more about the ABTA’s endurance training program and other racing events in 2017, visit www.abtateambreakthrough.org.
About the American Brain Tumor Association
Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was the first and is the only national patient advocacy organization committed to funding brain tumor research and providing support and education programs for people of all tumor types and all ages.
For more information, call 800-886-ABTA (2282).
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.
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