BELMAR CHASE 5K NAMES RACE2REBUILD TITLE CHARITY PARTNER
Athletes and Volunteers to Help Move Superstorm Sandy Recovery Forward for Jersey Shore
BELMAR, NJ (July 1, 2015) – Nearly three years after Superstorm Sandy devastated the homes and lives of New Jersey and New York residents, the organizers of the Belmar Chase 5K today announced that Race2Rebuild has been selected as the 2015 event's Title Charity Partner, with proceeds supporting Race2Rebuild's Sandy rebuilding projects on the Jersey Shore.
The 5K race on Saturday, August 22 will bring thousands of runners to the borough of Belmar in Monmouth County, New Jersey, an area heavily damaged by Sandy in 2012, including the Belmar boardwalk. The flat, fast and scenic Ocean Avenue course is the USATF New Jersey Men's Master's Championship race and will include a "Race2Rebuild Pro Challenge" event, a pre-race expo and post-race party, where special prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers. On Sunday, August 23, Race2Rebuild athletes will participate as volunteers and rebuild a Sandy-damaged home for a Jersey Shore family as well as other community service projects.
"We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to partner with Race2Rebuild and give back to those that suffered tremendous losses during Superstorm Sandy almost three years ago," said Rob DeFilippis, Belmar Chase race director and owner of Runner's High. "The Jersey Shore is still recovering from the widespread devastation and this will provide an opportunity to continue the rebirth of the Shore!"
"A community's recovery process following a disaster can take years," said Race2Rebuild President Sarah Hartmann. "By participating in the Belmar Chase 5K, athletes will cross the finish line knowing they are tangibly changing lives, helping to provide critical renovations to a home impacted by natural disaster and sending a message of hope to the thousands of families still struggling to come home that they are not forgotten."
Participants may register for the race and support the cause at www.belmarchase.com and www.race2rebuild.org/2015-events.
Race2Rebuild creates tangible change to our communities following natural disasters by supporting and participating in rebuilding projects and bringing families home. Founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Race2Rebuild's national team of volunteer athletes raise critical private funds and provide hands-on home building to support projects across the country. Race2Rebuild serves as an important frontline advocate to its national rebuilding partners and an essential link to the families whose homes it helps to rebuild. We believe in safe, strong, healthy communities for all. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and visit us at www.race2rebuild.org. Race hard. Race with resolve. Race2Rebuild.