Once again this year, the American Red Cross will be competing in the ING NYC Marathon, which was cancelled last year as a result of Superstorm Sandy. On Nov. 3, a total of 27 members of Team Red Cross will race to the finish line.
They will have travelled from down the street (Greater New York), across the country (Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington D.C.), and around the world (Germany, Switzerland) to run for the American Red Cross Greater New York Region. Thirteen of the U.S. runners are with Red Cross partner TD Ameritrade. Many have trained for this iconic event twice, due to the last year’s cancellation.
Each runner has pledged to raise or donate funds in support of the Red Cross’s vital lifesaving mission of helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. There's still time to support Team Red Cross—click here.
While Team Red Cross covers the 26.2 mile course through all five boroughs of New York City, approximately 150 CPR and/or first aid trained volunteers and 40 Red Cross Medical Health Services volunteers will work as “spotters” supporting the New York Road Runners (NYRR) medical professionals in the post-finish line area.
Spotters will help locate and support runners who may require medical attention/evaluations by event medical staff. Additionally, 12 Red Cross mental health volunteers will be available to provide emotional support both at the post-finish and the family reunification areas.
“We’re extremely proud of our runners and grateful for our trained volunteers who are supporting the NYRR medical services and helping keep runners safe during this world-class event,” said Josh Lockwood, Regional CEO of the Greater New York Red Cross.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/gny or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.