UJA-Federation of New York Named an Official Charity Partner of the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon

Monday, March 13, 2017

UJA-Federation of New York Named an Official Charity Partner of the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon

New York, NY (March 13, 2017) UJA-Federation of New York announced today that it was named an Official Charity Partner of the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. The race will take place on Sunday, November 5, 2017.

“UJA-Federation of New York is proud to serve as an Official Charity Partner of the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon,” said UJA’s CEO Eric S. Goldstein. “2017 is our centennial year and it will be thrilling to have 100 runners representing UJA’s 100 years of service for New Yorkers of all backgrounds and Jews everywhere.”

More than 350 Official Charity Partners will be part of the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. In 2016, 9,000 charity runners raised $36.1 million during the marathon on behalf of hundreds of not-for-profit organizations in New York City and across the nation. Since the inception of the Official Charity Partner program in 2006, $235 million has been raised.

Members of Team UJA will receive a detailed training schedule from UJA’s team coach and certified personal trainer; free weekly group cross training in Central Park; nutrition tips; a sleek running shirt; special perks that come with UJA’s silver sponsorship, including pre-race bus transportation and coveted tent access in Charity Village at the start of the race; and a dedicated cheerleading squad in every borough along the route. For more information and to sign up, visit www.ujafedny.org/marathon.

Over the past 100 years, UJA-Federation has provided many billions of dollars to meet the needs of the local and global community. Since 1990 alone, UJA-Federation has distributed more than $3.8 billion to help people around the world. The UJA annual campaign remains the single largest philanthropic effort by any local community charity, raising $207.6 million in 2016.

UJA-Federation was established in 1917, when a group of Jewish community leaders, determined to more effectively address the challenges of that era, streamlined the services and philanthropic efforts of numerous agencies serving New York’s 1.3 million Jews. The Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies of New York City, UJA’s predecessor entity, distributed $2.2 million (the equivalent of $44.9 million today) in its first year to support childcare agencies, programs for at-risk youth, hospitals, and a home for the elderly.

“We’re thrilled to welcome UJA-Federation of New York as an Official Charity Partner of the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon,” said Michael Rodgers, vice president of development and philanthropy for New York Road Runners. “Participants in our Official Charity Partner program run for causes that are important to them, while raising critical funds that directly impact hundreds of charity organizations. We are inspired by the thousands of runners who take part in this program and wish them all the best as they begin their incredible journeys to the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon.”

The 2017 TCS New York City Marathon will feature a world-class American and international professional athlete field, charity runners, and thousands of runners of all ages and abilities. More than 10,000 volunteers help to support participants across the 26.2-mile race route, which touches each of New York City’s five boroughs and is lined with more than one million neighbors and guests. 

The 2017 TCS New York City Marathon will be broadcast live locally on WABC-TV, Channel 7, and nationally on ESPN2.

About UJA-Federation of New York

For 100 years, UJA-Federation has inspired New Yorkers to act on their values and invest in our community for the biggest impact. Through UJA-Federation, more than 50,000 donors address issues that matter most to them, pooling their resources to care for Jews everywhere and New Yorkers of all backgrounds, respond to crises close to home and far away, and shape our Jewish future. Working with more than 80 core partners and hundreds of other Jewish organizations, large and small, UJA-Federation is the world’s leading local philanthropy; our reach extends from New York to Israel to nearly 70 other countries around the world, touching 4.5 million people each year. For more information on how to donate or volunteer, please visit our website at www.ujafedny.org.

About the TCS New York City Marathon

The TCS New York City Marathon is the premier event of New York Road Runners (NYRR) and the largest marathon in the world. Over 1,100,000 people have finished the race since its first running in 1970, with just 127 entrants and 55 finishers running four laps around Central Park. The race expanded to all five boroughs in 1976 and just celebrated its 40th year as a five-borough affair. Held annually on the first Sunday of November, the race features over 50,000 runners, including the world’s top professional athletes and a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners. Participants from approximately 125 countries tour the city, starting on Staten Island at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and running through the neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx before ending in Manhattan. The NYRR Youth Invitational at the TCS New York City Marathon covered 1.8 miles of the race course in Central Park, beginning near mile 24 and finishing at the famed TCS New York City Marathon finish line. More than one million spectators and thousands of volunteers line the city streets in support of the runners, while millions more watch the television broadcast in 175 countries and territories, including viewers in the New York area on WABC-TV, Channel 7, nationally on ESPN2, and via various international broadcast partners. The race is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, which features the world’s top marathons—Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York—and crowns the top professional male and female marathoners each year. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, is the premier partner of NYRR and the title sponsor of the TCS New York City Marathon. The 47th running of the TCS New York City Marathon is set for November 5, 2017. To learn more, visit www.tcsnycmarathon.org.  

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