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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2002
PR-221-02
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MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL 'NYC RUN TO LIBERTY 10K' TAKING PLACE IN LOWER MANHATTAN TO KICK OFF LABOR DAY WEEKEND


Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the inaugural Labor Day weekend NYC Run to Liberty 10K, a 10K open race for people of all ages and abilities as well as a series of kids races and a weekend of exciting Lower Manhattan activities for the entire family. Produced by New York Road Runners (NYRR), NYC & Company and the New York City Sports Commission, the NYC Run to Liberty 10K will take place Saturday, August 31 at 8:30am.

"I am proud to introduce the inaugural NYC Run to Liberty 10K," said Mayor Bloomberg. "This event is a wonderful way to contribute to the rebirth of Lower Manhattan and I encourage New Yorkers and our visitors to participate in what promises to be an exciting and meaningful running experience."

Thousands of New Yorkers and New York visitors are expected to head downtown on Labor Day weekend to participate in festivities. The 6.2-mile race will be capped at 5,000 participants who will run a course that includes prominent Lower Manhattan landmarks including City Hall, the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall.

"New York City is not only the best running city in the world, it's the best overall sports city as well," said Allan Steinfeld, President and CEO of the New York Road Runners. "NYC Run to Liberty 10K is a wonderful opportunity to get people out to celebrate our great City."

"The NYC Run to Liberty 10K is a terrific symbol of the spirit and vitality of New York City and especially Lower Manhattan at this meaningful time," said Cristyne L. Nicholas, President & CEO of NYC & Company, the city's official tourism marketing organization. "In addition to races for the entire family, NYC Run to Liberty 10K will include lots of exciting events that will help entice people downtown while giving a much-needed boost to the local economy."

"The NYC Run to Liberty 10K festivities highlight the enormous strength and character of lower Manhattan and the entire City," said Carl Weisbrod, President of the Downtown Alliance. "The event also provides an exciting sports venue for residents and visitors downtown."

Kenneth J. Podziba, Commissioner of the New York City Sports Commission said, "Running on this unique course throughout the streets of lower Manhattan will provide race participants with a historic and cultural enriching running experience."

For the first time ever, participants' racing bibs will give them access to exciting events such as free one-hour tours on Circle Line Harbor Cruises (Saturday only; friends and family will receive half-price tickets), "buy one meal, get one free" lunches and dinners at Applebee's and Chevy's in Battery Park City, a free three-day guest pass to Equinox and a complimentary all-day Fun Pass, courtesy of the MTA. In addition, related events for participants and the general public include "10 for 10," a pre-race carbo-loading celebration on Friday evening hosted by participating restaurants in Little Italy and the South Street Seaport, a post-race family festival in Battery Park and special offers throughout Lower Manhattan.

Race registration will be held at Modell's Sporting Goods at 55 Chambers Street from Wednesday, August 28 to Friday August 30. Applications will also be available at NYRR at 9 East 89th Street and at the NYC's Official Visitor Information Center at 810 Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street. For more information visit www.nyrrc.org or www.nycvisit.com.

NYC Run to Liberty 10K is presented by Modell's Sporting Goods as well as media partners 'KTU 103.5, Q104.3, Z-100, The New York Times and Road Runner High Speed Online.

 

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Contact: Edward Skyler / Jennifer Falk
(212) 788-2958
Richard Finn (New York Road Runners)
(212) 423-2229
Keith Yazmir (NYC & Company)
(212) 484-1270
Adam Shiff (Rubenstein Associates)
(212) 843-9201