Olympic Medalist, National Record-Holders, and World Champions among Athletes Selected for ING Run for Something Better
ING and New York Road Runners today announced the names of this year’s ING Run for Something Better athletes, world-class female runners who will be competing not only to win the ING New York City Marathon on November 7th, but also to “run for something better” supporting New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and City Parks Foundation efforts to advance track and field programming throughout the New York boroughs. Linked to their finishing times in the marathon, ING will donate funds on each athlete’s behalf to a designated New York City park and to an athletic program of the runner’s choice.
The 2004 ING Run for Something Better features four of the world’s leading runners:
- Benita Johnson, Australia, national record holder for 5,000- and 10,000- meter events and the surprise winner of the 8k race at the 2003 World Cross Country Championships. Johnson is making her widely anticipated debut at the ING New York City Marathon.
- Deena Kastor, United States, marathon bronze medalist on the 2004 U.S. Olympic marathon team. Kastor won the USA Marathon Championships at the 2001 New York City Marathon, is a two-time World Cross Country Championships silver medalist, the American record-holder at 5k, 10,000 meters, 15k and the marathon and the 2004 winner of the Circle of Friends New York Mini.
- Lornah Kiplagat, The Netherlands, a dominant performer in women’s running who finished third overall in the 2003 ING New York City Marathon, breaking the previous course record, and has twice won the Los Angeles Marathon. Kiplagat won the 2003 ING Run for Something Better.
- Madai Perez, Mexico, in 2004 won the Bolder Boulder 10k and set a personal best at the 2004 Rotterdam Marathon, taking second place. Coached by two-time New York City Marathon champion German Silva.
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe announced the pairings of ING Run for Something Better athletes to four city parks. Benepe, along with New York City borough presidents and other community leaders, linked the runners to:
- Corporal Thompson Park, Staten Island (Kastor)
- East River Park, Manhattan (Kiplagat)
- Keith L. Williams Park, Queens (Perez)
- Macomb’s Dam Park, Bronx (Johnson)
"Running, as a sport, reflects many of ING’s core values such as challenging limits, long-term vision and doing things differently," said Shaun Mathews, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, ING. "The ING Run for Something Better reflects our desire to support and enhance the sport of running, and to serve local communities, in a way that will positively affect people in all parts of the globe. We’re proud to join New York Road Runners in this endeavor."
"NYRR has a long history of working with the City of New York and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to support community programs," said Allan Steinfeld, president and CEO, New York Road Runners, and race director, ING New York City Marathon. "We are thrilled to be partnering with ING, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and City Parks Foundation again this year as the ING Run for Something Better Program embarks on its second year."
Established in 2003 as cornerstone of the ING sponsorship of the marathon, the ING Run for Something Better program has committed to making significant contributions to community organizations that promote health and fitness. Last year the program helped support the activities of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the City Parks Foundation, as well as providing support to health, fitness and training programs in the U.S. and abroad.
New York Road Runners
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About New York Road Runners
Founded in 1958 with a membership of 47, New York Road Runners (NYRR) is one of the world’s foremost running organizations. NYRR is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of running and walking for health, recreation, and competition, and provides full professional services related to all aspects of racing. The organization has a full-time staff of more than 60 employees, supplemented by a network of thousands of volunteers, serving more than 40,000 members from every U.S. state and more than 100 countries.
About the New York City Marathon
The ING New York City Marathon is the premier event of New York Road Runners (NYRR). Inaugurated in 1970 with 127 entrants, it has grown into the world’s premier road race, featuring 35,000 participants, more than two and a half million spectators, a leading professional field, and a guaranteed prize purse of more than $500,000. Broadcast across the nation and in 125 countries worldwide, and seen by 275 million viewers worldwide, the 26.2-mile footrace is the United States’ most watched one-day sporting event. The ING New York City Marathon joins the USA Men’s 8K Championships and the Circle of Friends New York Mini 10K as the cornerstones of the NYRR Professional Racing Series and continues NYRR’s tradition of bringing the very best runners in the world to New York City. For more information visit www.ingnycmarathon.org.