RIVER EDGE, N.J. – Habitat For Humanity of Bergen County has been named an official charity partner of the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon, according to a statement released Thursday.
While Habitat Bergen has been granted five runner entries to the March 19 race that the organization is currently seeking to fill, the partnership has another purpose as well, said Pamela Nall, the organization’s chief of staff.
“The opportunity to partner with the United Airlines NYC Half gives Habitat Bergen the ability to raise funds and awareness for affordable housing,” Nall said. “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.”
About 2,900 charity runners at this year's United Airlines NYC Half Marathon raised nearly $5 million for more than 130 charities, according to Habitat Bergen.
Michael Rodgers, vice president of Development and Philanthropy for the New York Road Runners, said his organization welcomed Habitat Bergen's participation in the race.
“Our charity partners provide thousands of runners an opportunity to add meaning to their miles,” he said, “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 Marathon, which will be televised locally, is to feature 20,000 runners, according Habitat Bergen. For the second year in a row, the race will also offer a free 1,500-meter youth run starting in Times Square for as many as 1,000 students.
Habitat for Humanity Bergen is currently seeking five runners to run for the organization. Learn more on the organization's website .
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