On Nov. 3, New York City is a transformed for the annual ING New York Marathon. This year a group of runners will represent Newtown, teaming with the New York Road Runners to support the Newtown Memorial Fund.
Wearing t-shirts reading "Newtown Heals, Newtown Runs," the team is a Bronze Level Charity Partner, and has raised more than $30,000 to date, according to a release from the organization Tuesday.
"We are honored to be part of a most prestigious fitness event in a location so close to our community," said founder Brian Mauriello. "Volunteers from Newtown Memorial Fund reached out to NYRR to participate in the marathon because we understood the incredible healing power of running. The charity distinction gave Newtown runners and the town’s supporter access to this world-class, healing event."
The 26.2-mile course takes more than 48,000 runners through all five New York City boroughs.
The Newtown Memorial Fund, whose slogan is "It's about people, not politics," was established after Dec. 14 and ran teams at the Boston Marathon, the Big Sur International Marathon and the Seattle Rock 'n Roll Marathon, as well as organizing the Sandy Hook Run for the Families 5K this spring.