FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2011
CONTACT: Brian Collins
(480) 543-0008 Brian@1stmarathon.com
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York named official charity of the Inaugural Empire State Marathon and Half Marathon
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Achieve Fitness LLC recently announced an agreement with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York to become the official charity of the Inaugural Empire State Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 16.
Runners can now donate to the charity during the registration process. In addition, the Empire State Marathon will have a fundraising initiative at the Driver’s Village New York State Health and Wellness Expo on Oct. 14-15 and the pre-race pasta dinner hosted by Carnegie Catering on Oct. 15.
“One of the most important aspects of our race is raising money for great causes like Ronald Mc Donald House Charities of Central New York,” said Brian Collins, principle owner of Achieve Fitness LLC, management company for the Inaugural Empire State Marathon and Half Marathon. “Our affiliation with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York allows us to help make a difference in the lives of families and children suffering from serious injuries or illnesses.”
Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY creates, identifies and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children and families in Central New York. The facility operates 24 hours a day, year-round as a “home away from home” for families whose children are hospitalized with serious illness or injuries. Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY is building a new, larger handicap-accessible House that will allow the organization to keep even more families together during a time of need. All donations raised through the Empire State Marathon will go toward the new House.
“We are thrilled to be a part of the Inaugural Empire State Marathon,” said Beth M. Trunfio, executive director, Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY. “The organizers are taking a community approach with this event and we appreciate that they have chosen us as their official charity.”
A donation feature has been added to the online registration of the Empire State Marathon so participants can elect to make a one-time donation to the charity when they register. Entrants can also choose to fundraise for the organization and receive their own personal fundraising page. Those interested in fundraising for Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY can get more information at www.cnyronaldmcdonaldhouse.org or connect at the Active Giving page, www.active.com/donate/rmhccny.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York:
Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY operates the 16-bedroom CNY Ronald McDonald House 24-hours a day, year-round as a “home away from home” for families whose children are hospitalized with serious illnesses or injuries. RMHC of CNY is building a new, larger Ronald McDonald House that will allow the organization to help keep even more families with seriously ill children together. For more information or to donate, visit www.cnyronaldmcdonaldhouse.org.
About Achieve Fitness LLC and the Empire State Marathon:
Founded in 1998, Achieve Fitness LLC is a leading sports marketing, training and event company in Phoenix, Ariz. A consulting company for the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon, Achieve Fitness is the managing entity of 1st Marathon, 1st Triathlon, the recently reacquired Valley of the Sun Marathon and Half Marathon, and the Empire State Marathon and Half Marathon. Principle owner Brian Collins is a native of Central New York and graduate of Cicero-North Syracuse High School, Syracuse University and Le Moyne College.
On Oct. 16, the Empire State Marathon and Half Marathon will give runners an up-close view of Central New York’s rolling landscape and vibrant autumn colors. The USATF-certified course, which begins and ends at Alliance Bank Stadium, travels through the cities of Syracuse, Liverpool and Baldwinsville. A pre-race health and wellness expo will be held on Oct. 14-15 and feature vendors from the running and fitness industries. Additional information about the Empire State Marathon and Half Marathon is available at www.empirestatemarathon.com.