PITTSFIELD, Vt., August 21, 2012 – Spartan Race, the world’s leading obstacle race and Outside Magazine’s Best Obstacle Race in 2012, will donate $35,000 to the 11th annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund® Radio-Telethon underway today and tomorrow. Since 2002, the telethon has raised more than $28 million for adult and pediatric cancer research and patient care at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Spartan Race co-founder Andy Weinberg will present the check live during the telethon, which will air on Boston radio and TV sports networks WEEI/NESN for 36 hours – overlapping two Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels games. Part of a broader partnership to be unveiled shortly, the donation will underwrite the telethon phone bank and map that tracks donations coming in from all 50 states. Spartan Race further will support the event through social media, Jimmy Fund tables stocked with branded give-away items at Fenway Park during the Aug. 21 and 22 ball games and commercials shown inside the stadium throughout those games.
“It’s exciting to think about the synergy between our two organizations. Both of us are helping people face obstacles and challenges while doing everything we can to help them succeed,” said David M.Giagrando, director of corporate partnerships for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/The Jimmy Fund. “Fighting cancer is really the ultimate battle and everything Spartan Race stands for is reflected in that.”
Later this year, Spartan Race will join yearlong festivities to commemorate Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary. For the first time ever, Boston’s cherished ballpark will be transformed into an obstacle racing venue for the Spartan Sprint Time Trial presented by Dial For Men, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012.
Please help us help the Jimmy Fund meet their goal of getting a donation from every state! Go towww.JimmyFund.org or call 877-738-1234 and make a donation. No amount is too small!
About Spartan Race
Spartan Race, voted Outside Magazine’s Best Obstacle Race in 2012, is the world’s leading obstacle racing series and the first of its kind to have global rankings. Spartan Race is a timed event series featuring races at three escalating distances in locations worldwide that culminate in a World Championship Finale with cash and prizes for the champions. While featuring competitive elite heats, Spartan Races are for athletes of all levels and abilities and are geared toward ripping people off their couches and into the outdoors.