Increase Impact of Sean’s Run
18, 2007 – Sean’s Run, a community run/walk, founded
at the suggestion of a group of Chatham High School students in
2002 to memorialize one of their classmates who died in a car crash,
has become one of the region’s better known activities bringing
awareness to the problems of underage drinking, impaired driving
and teenagers’ under use of seatbelts.
And the Organizers credit the support and generosity
of event sponsors for helping expand the impact of Sean’s
Run. Over 800 runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are
expected to register for the 6th annual event on Sunday, April 29
at Chatham High School.
“Thanks to our sponsors, Sean’s Run is
more than a great one-day event that includes a 5K and 1 Mile run
/ walk, a Prevention Education Expo, a Tribute to Victims and Survivors
of drunk driving and the World Championship Battle of the Belts.
The impact of this event is felt year-round through the many youth
programs we support using the money raised at Sean’s Run,”
said General Chairman Jeff French, an uncle of Sean French for whom
the event is named.
Proceeds from past Sean’s Runs have supported
38 programs in Columbia County and around the capital district that
are developed to steer young people away from drinking and impaired
driving. Also, moneys raised at the inaugural Sean’s Run helped
endow a scholarship fund that has benefited 34 students.
First Niagara Bank, for the second year, is the Presenting
Sponsor for the 6th Annual Sean’s Run and all of its associated
activities. Employees of First Niagara Bank, from it’s extensive
network of branches located across New York State, have also offered
to help as volunteers during the event on April 29 at Chatham High
School which attracts participants from all over the region.
FairPoint Communications, another annual sponsor,
is the 5K Sponsor. As one of the largest rural telephone providers
in the U.S., FairPoint operates 31 local exchange companies in 18
states. They have offices in Chatham providing both telephone and
Group Health Incorporated, has again joined the sponsorship
line-up as Major Benefactor. GHI, and it’s subsidiary GHI
HMO, provide health coverage and administrative services to more
than 2.6 million individuals, including active employees, their
dependents, and retirees.
Newkirk, an Albany-based provider of marketing communications
for financial and healthcare companies, has again signed on to be
designated as SeansMile Sponsor, the 1 mile youth race for youngsters
12 and under.
Rensselaer Honda, the Honda dealership of Troy, is
sponsoring the second annual World Championship Battle of the Belts.
This is an interscholastic seatbelt buckling competition designed
to increase safety belt use by teens and is expected to attract
dozens of schools from throughout the capital region. Car wrecks
are the number one cause of death for teens and nearly 2/3 of those
who perish were unbuckled.
Four local businesses which have been affiliated with
Sean’s Run since its commencement are continuing their commitment
as Gold Medal Sponsors for the 6th consecutive year. They include:
Columbia Memorial Hospital, which serves more than
100,000 residents of Columbia, Greene and Dutchess Counties through
its 192-bed acute care facility, 120-bed long term care site and
nine primary care centers
CMI-DRA Imaging, which operates a state-of-the art imaging center
located on Fish and Game Road outside of Hudson, offering the most
advanced MRI, CT Ultrasound and Mammography imaging available
Blass Communications of Old Chatham designs integrated marketing
and communications programs that help companies successfully build
brand recognition. Trowbridge Farms, owned by Phil and Annie Trowbridge
who are innovative Angus cattle breeding leaders, is located in
Also, six businesses which have previously supported
Sean’s Run have re-committed to serve as Silver Medal sponsors
Mark and Cathy French
MetzWood Harder Insurance
New York Oncology Hematology
Price Chopper Supermarkets
Taconic Driving School
Other sponsors, at the Blue Ribbon Level,
Casiano and Sonya Del Peral
French Cut Lawn Service
Jim Gilmer and Elaine Humphrey
Koweek, Cranna and McEvoy
Michael C. Howard, Esq.
Pam and Jeff Lappies
The Lofgren Agency
Supporting Sean’s Run at the Red Ribbon
Cantele Tent Rentals
Chatham Auto Parts
Green Ribbon Sponsors include:
Ed Herrington, Inc.
Neal Baillargeon, MD
More information about Sean’s Run is available