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Sean’s Run Sponsored Generously

Chatham, 12/2/2009: First Niagara Bank has been joined by a group of other business and individuals which have made commitments to sponsor the 9th Annual Sean’s Run scheduled for next April. Sean’s Run, an annual event produced in Chatham is one of the largest run/walk events in the region, attracting 1,347 entrants last spring. In addition to becoming a classic athletic event in the region, Sean’s Run has become the area’s perennial spring-time reminder about the pervasive problems of underage drinking, impaired driving and teenagers’ lax use of seatbelts. 
 
First Niagara Bank has again signed on to be the Presenting Sponsor of Sean’s Run. The event on April 25, 2010 will include a 5K, MeghansMile, a tribute to victims of drunk driving, a prevention education expo and the World Championship Battle of the Belts, a contest to encourage increased use of seatbelts by teenagers. 

In the past seven years $120,500 has been awarded by the Organizing Committee from event proceeds to support scholarships and activities produced by youth groups and schools designed to encourage teens to make safe choices about drinking, driving and use of seatbelts.
 
The Register Star and Chatham Courier have been designated as the 2010 Sean’s Run Media Sponsor. 
 
“We simply would not have the impact without our loyal sponsors.  They tell us their ongoing support is offered because of the relevance and seriousness of the problems that Sean’s Run is addressing,” said Jeff French, event chairman.
 
Nearly all sponsors have been behind the event since its inception in 2002 as a community response to the loss of the event’s namesake, Sean French, who was an accomplished runner and popular Chatham High School junior. 
 
Also returning as prime sponsors for the 9th Annual Sean’s Run are FairPoint Communications as 5k Sponsor, EmblemHealth as Major Benefactor, Newkirk as MeghansMile Sponsor and Rensselaer Honda as Battle of the Belts Sponsor.
 
Gold Medal Sponsors include Blass Communications of Old Chatham, Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, Trowbridge Farms of Ghent, Stewarts Shops of Saratoga Springs, Tom Warner Watercolors of Great Barrington, MA and Watercheck.biz of Hillsdale. New to the Gold Medal level is Sea Jem Seafood Distributors of Boston, MA.
 
Silver Medal Sponsors include Berkshire HomeStyle magazine, Brown’s Emporium, Firehouse Productions, Marisa’s Bagel Café, Mark and Cathy French, Park Row Gallery, Price Chopper, Sonoco Crellin, New York Oncology Hematology and Taconic Driving School.
 
Blue Ribbon Sponsors, include Cantele Tent Rental, Casiano and Sonya Del Peral, Chatham Flowers, Com-Tech Electronics, French Cut Lawn Service, Jim and Elaine Gilmer, Hawthorne Valley Farm, Koweek, Cranna and McEvoy, Metz Wood Harder Insurance, Michael C. Howard, Esq., Park Row Gallery, Pam and Jeff Lappies, Chris and Randy Hahn and The Lofgren Agency.
 
Thanks to its sponsors, the impact of Sean’s Run goes beyond a once-yearly community run and walk to address the problems that contribute to the all-too-often loss of young lives in car crashes. 

More information about the event, the sponsors and the Sean’s Run grants and scholarship programs is available at www.SeansRun.com.

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