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Sean’s Run 2013 Sponsors Announced

Chatham, February 22, 2013:  First Niagara Bank, the perennial “Presenting Sponsor” of Sean’s Run, has again signed on to be Presenting Sponsor of the weekend event in 2013.  The 12th edition of Sean’s Run Weekend Presented by First Niagara Bank is slated for Saturday and Sunday, April 27 & 28, in Chatham. 
The bank is joined by a group of 55 other businesses and individuals also committed to sponsoring Sean’s Run, one of the largest multi-sports events in the region, attracting 1,375 entrants last year. In addition to becoming a classic community event in the region, Sean’s Run has become the area’s springtime reminder about the pervasive problems of underage drinking, impaired driving and lax use of seatbelts by teenagers. 

The Hudson River Bank & Trust Company Foundation has signed on to be a new Gold Medal Sponsor.  The Foundation is supporting of the work of the Sean’s Run committee to fund programs at schools and youth groups designed to encourage safe driving by teens and to award scholarships to deserving high school seniors. In 12 years Sean’s Run has awarded $172,500 in grants and scholarships thanks to the generosity of sponsors and participants.

Sean’s Run, which began in 2002, originated as a 5K run/walk which continues as the flagship activity for the weekend.  Sunday activities now include Meghan’s Mile youth race, 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. 

Saturday activities include a Special Needs Kids Race just for children with developmental disabilities, a Zumbathon® and the all-new Bike Rides, 20-mile and 50-mile supported rides for bicyclists of all abilities. 

New sponsors supporting the Bike Rides component of Sean’s Run Weekend are Hudson Design Engineering, LLC, which is the Bike Ride Presenting Sponsor;  Robert Pinkowski and Kimberly Chrysler of Hudson; W. B. MASON; Dr. Bill Primomo, DDS of Albany; Cardona’s Market in Albany; Sam’s Italian Restaurant in Albany; Our Daily Bread of Chatham; RNL Entertainment of Amsterdam; Steiner’s Sports in Glenmont, Hudson, and Valatie; DJ Mxamis from Chatham; Federation of Polish Sportsmen in Hudson; and Kevin DeMassio Photography from Schenectady.
Registration Fee: $20 ($25 after 4/15/13)

The Register Star and Chatham Courier have again been designated as the 2013 Sean’s Run Weekend Media Sponsor. 
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 top sponsors for the 12th Annual Sean’s Run are FairPoint Communications of Chatham as 5K Sponsor, Newkirk from Albany as Meghan’s Mile Sponsor, Rensselaer Honda from Troy as Battle of the Belts Sponsor, and Sea Jem Imports from Boston as sponsor of the Special Needs Kids race. 
Northeast Pest Control of Troy is underwriting the cost of special gifts given to the first 350 participants who pick up packets on Saturday, April 27th, and Dells’ Plumbing Heating & A/C Service of Ghent is sponsoring the Zumbathon®.
Returning as Gold Medal Sponsors are ZF America, sea food suppliers from Lakeville, MA; Blass Communications of Old Chatham; Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson; Trowbridge Farms of Ghent; Stewarts Shops of Saratoga Springs; and Price Chopper Supermarkets with headquarters in Schenectady.  Also Hawthorne Valley Association of Ghent, Five Pine Photography of Glenville, Hover & Mackowski, PLLC of Hudson and Clifton Park, and Randy and Chris Hahn of Chatham are also returning as Gold Medal Sponsors. 
Silver Medal Sponsors returning include Brown’s Emporium, Chatham Flowers, Firehouse Productions, Marisa’s Bagel Café, Mark and Cathy French, Michael C. Howard, Esq., Park Row Gallery, Sonoco Plastics, Taconic Driving School and Winding Brook Country Club.
Blue Ribbon Sponsors are Cantele Tent Rental, COMTECH 2-Way Communication, County Outhouses, Eileen and Lee French, French Cut Lawn Service, Girvin & Ferlazzo P.C , Jim and Elaine Gilmer, Long Energy, MetzWood Harder Insurance, Pam and Jeff Lappies, Prospera Financial Services, Rich and Sally Kraham, The Lofgren Agency and Valley Oil/Miller Wilkins.

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