"We are honored to partner with Borough President Molinaro to create Staten Island Day," said NYRR president and CEO Mary Wittenberg. "The Staten Island Half-Marathon is our marquee event in the borough and anchors NYRR's 5-Borough Series. We are thrilled that this year's race will serve as the centerpiece for a day dedicated to the celebration of Staten Island. We look forward to working with the community to plan this incredible day in support of the borough."
As part of Staten Island Day, NYRR will donate the net proceeds of the Staten Island Half-Marathon, a commitment of at least $100,000, to Staten Island Hurricane Sandy recovery programs.
The day will include other fundraising events and opportunities for community engagement. The Staten Island Yankees and other partners will also be involved in supporting this initiative.
"We welcome the activities planned for Staten Island by New York Road Runners, and we thank them for the generous donation to benefit Sandy victims. This donation will go a long way toward helping people rebuild their homes and lives," said Borough President Molinaro.
Staten Island Day will also coincide with the opening of a new indoor track, a $70 million facility to serve Borough runners.
Members of the host committee and additional Staten Island Day events and activities will be announced in coming months.
Registration for the Staten Island Half-Marathon will be available on www.nyrr.org.