Staten Island Half-Marathon to Host Sandy Relief Party and Fundraiser

By Nicholas Rizzi on September 26, 2013 2:44pm 

 This year's Staten Island Half-Marathon will add a celebration and fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy relief at the end of the race.
This year's Staten Island Half-Marathon will add a celebration and fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy relief at the end of the race.
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ST. GEORGE — This year's Staten Island Half-Marathon will end with a celebration of the city's fifth borough.

The New York Road Runners and Borough President James Molinaro will host "Staten Island Day" at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark after the race to celebrate the borough and raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief.

“Each year we look forward to the Staten Island Half and it has been an honor to work with the community on this special event that will highlight the spirit of the borough and provide support for ongoing recovery efforts," said Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of the NYRR, in a press release.

The free event will have carnival games, live music, athletic competitions and a "Taste of Staten Island" to showcase cuisine from restaurants hit hard by Sandy, according to the NYRR.

Aside from the annual 13.1-mile race, New York Road Runners will also offer a 1.5-mile Fun Run to raise money.

All of the proceeds from the event, anticipated to top $100,000, will be donated to the Siller Foundation and the ECHO (Emergency Children’s Health Organization) to continue the Sandy recovery Staten Island.

"Staten Island Day" will be held on Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the Staten Island Half-Marathon at 8:30 a.m. and the Fun Run at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free for the event, while registration for the half-marathon costs $45 to $65 and the Fun Run is $10.

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