RACE2REBUILD TEAM OF ATHLETES READY TO RACE BELMAR CHASE 5K
National Endurance Racing Program to Help Move Superstorm Sandy Recovery Forward for Jersey Shore
BELMAR, NJ (August 20, 2015) – National endurance racing program, Race2Rebuild, today announces their participation and title charity partnership at the Belmar Chase 5K to take place on Saturday, August 22nd. Nearly three years after Superstorm Sandy devastated the homes and lives of New Jersey and New York residents, Race2Rebuild is focusing on raising funds to support local Sandy rebuilding projects on the Jersey shore.
The Race2Rebuild team consists of 20 athletes, who will all be racing in Belmar to help rebuild the home of a local family from Seaside Heights, NJ with national rebuilding partner St. Bernard Project. Ed and Dee lost their home during Sandy when their house flooded, causing the home to be declared substantially damaged. Unfortunately, early rebuilding efforts on their home also had to be stopped when it was determined that the house had to be demolished before it could be elevated. Work stalled when their funding ran out. Since then, Ed and Dee have been renting apartments while also paying a mortgage on their storm-damaged home, going to great lengths to keep their children in their Seaside schools.
In addition to raising funds through athlete participation at the Belmar Chase 5K event, select members of the Race2Rebuild team will be participating in the Pro-Mayors' Challenge event, which will award a $5,000 charity prize to the winning runner. Representing R2R are pro triathletes Scott DeFilippis (Jersey Shore native and captain of the Race2Rebuild Ambassador Team), Carrie Lester, Dan McIntosh and Darbi Roberts. The elected officials include Mayor Matt Doherty of Belmar, Councilman Robert White of Interlaken, Mayor Brian Wilton of Lake Como and Monmouth County Freeholder, Tom Arnone. If a Race2Rebuild athlete wins the challenge, the proceeds will be donated to local Sandy rebuilding projects.
“We are thrilled to be working with Race2Rebuild to aid in the revitalization of the Jersey Shore. Together, it is our mission to support the members of our community, many of whom are still dealing with the devastation from Superstorm Sandy almost three years ago.” said Kevin McGee, St. Bernard Project Community Engagement Manager.
Following the race, on Sunday, August 23, Race2Rebuild athletes and volunteers will spend the day helping to rebuild Ed and Dee’s home with rebuilding partner St. Bernard Project. Their kitchen has been donated by Race2Rebuild partners Kitchen Expo and bedroom design and bedding by WestPoint Home.
“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.”
Athletes and spectators are invited to attend the race and support the Race2Rebuild team on Saturday morning. Additionally, during the pre-race events on Friday evening, August 21st, the organizers of the Belmar Chase will host a ProRunnerTalk interactive video chat with 2014 Boston Marathon winner and Olympian, Meb Keflezghi. The “Coast to Coast” conversation will allow runners to interact with Meb in this unique way and is a first of its kind for the Jersey Shore area. The ProRunnerTalk event is open to the public at no charge, however attendees are asked to RSVP so that an autograph from Meb can be provided to each viewer. Runners can RSVP at www.ProRunnerTalk.com/Belmar. The event will start at 7:30PM on Belmar Beach at 6th Avenue and Ocean Avenue in Belmar.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Race2Rebuild and support the members of our community, many of whom are still suffering tremendous losses from Superstorm Sandy almost three years ago,” said Rob DeFilippis, Belmar Chase race director and owner of Runner’s High. “Their efforts are helping individual families and the Jersey Shore community as a whole to recover from the widespread devastation and are contributing to the rebirth of the Shore!”
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.
About St. Bernard Project
SBP's mission is to ensure that disaster-impacted citizens and communities recover in a prompt, efficient and predictable manner. Since its founding in 2006 in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, SBP has rebuilt homes for more than 950 families with the help of 100,000 volunteers in New Orleans; Joplin, MO; Staten Island, NY; Rockaway, NY; and Monmouth County, NJ. SBP is reinforced by AmeriCorps, which provides 140 members annually to manage worksites and clients, and train the organization’s volunteers nationally.
Through its Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lab, SBP works to share lessons learned, prevent common barriers to recovery and help communities utilize SBP’s standardized, repeatable and proven-effective model. To learn more, visit www.stbernardproject.org and follow @stbernardproj on Twitter.
About Runner’s High
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