Tonight the Rivertown Runners will be presenting a $23,000 check to local organizations at Sleepy Hollow Village Hall. That's a total of $40,000 the active and benevolent running group has donated to charities here in less than two years.
The happy recipients of this funding include Kids’ Club of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow, the in Tarrytown, in Tarrytown, the Sleepy Hollow Fire Department, the Sleepy Hollow Ambulance Corps, The Sleepy Hollow Downtown Revitalization Corporation, the RTR Track Scholarship Fund, the Tarrytown Fire Department, the Sleepy Hollow Modified Sports Program, the Briarcliff Ambulance Corps, the local Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts Brownie troops, and even as well as funding toward a slide in in Sleepy Hollow.
The money was raised from the recent, and very popular, 2012 Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon.
“Our goal of putting the fun back in the run and providing for the community continues to be reached because of the efforts of our members, sponsors, volunteers and the wonderful community of runners in the area,” said Todd Ruppel of Rivertown Runners.
From the Rivertown Runners Press Release:
The second annual Sleepy Hollow Half-Marathon was held in Sleepy Hollow on Saturday, March 24 and featured a challenging, 13.1-mile course through picturesque neighborhoods, with views of the Hudson River, and concluded beneath a large American flag held aloft by the village’s fire truck ladders. The race’s premier sponsor was Phelps Memorial Hospital.
Nearly 1,100 participants entered the race—almost double the previous year’s total—with nearly 40 percent coming from Westchester County, another third of the entrants traveling to the event from New York City, 11 percent from New Jersey, 5 percent from Connecticut and 3 percent from outside the tri-state area.
Kieran O’Connor, 25, of New York City won the race in a time of 1:10:23. Bridget McCarthy, 32, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was the top female finisher at 1:26:52. All told, there were 1,057 finishers.
“Rivertown Runners events are designed to get our entire community energized in a fun and healthy activity,” said Kristen Idalski, President and Race Director, Rivertown Runners. “And with 175 volunteers and several hundred spectators along the course for the half-marathon, that is exactly what happened. That we can donate money back to the community afterwards makes our efforts even more satisfying and worthwhile.”
Rivertown Runners is an organization committed to developing community running events with the purpose of raising money to benefit local charities and putting the “fun” back in the run. Rivertown Runners supports running as a sport, as recreation and as part of a healthy lifestyle. Runs are organized on Thursdays and Saturdays in addition to two annual events, the Sleepy Hollow Half-Marathon in March and the Sleepy Hollow 10K in October. For more information, contact: Kristen Idalski at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rivertownrunners.org
The Rivertown Runners check presentation will be held Tuesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. in Sleepy Hollow Village Hall.