General News: Man Plans Hudson River Run
April 23, 2012
Combining two of his greatest loves, ultrarunning and the Hudson River, Todd Jennings, 49, of Monroe, NY, plans to run the full length of New York’s historic waterway this May. Jennings is running to raise money for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, an advocate for the Hudson and a vital participant in the protection of New York’s most prominent river and its watersheds.
The run will begin May 12th at Lake Tear of the Clouds, on the face of Mt. Marcy (New York’s highest peak), and will finish at The Battery in New York City. The 315-mile journey will be comprised of eight consecutive days of running, averaging almost 40 miles per day.
“I consider myself very lucky to have lived 25 of my years around the Hudson River,” Jennings said. “I’ve enjoyed its majesty, from Adirondack peaks to watching the sun set over the Hudson while running down Manhattan’s Riverside Drive. The opportunity to give back through running, a sport that the Hudson Valley has enriched so much for me, is a great privilege.”
Jennings, an avid trail runner and a familiar figure in the New York City, Hudson Valley and Albany running communities, has completed more than 150 road races, including 10 marathons (26.2 miles) and five ultramarathons. In August 2011, Jennings completed his longest ultrarun ever, 43.5 miles in the Catskill Mountains.
Jennings created “Hudson River Run 2012” to help further Clearwater’s mission, which is to protect New York’s fresh water supplies, particularly rivers like the Hudson. “We’re hoping that through increased awareness the community can continue to identify current and future threats to our clean water supplies, and empower people to create new programs aimed at minimizing future contamination,” he said. Donations can be made through Crowdrise @www.crowdrise.com/hudsonriverrun2012/
All net proceeds from donations will go directly to fund ongoing operations and new initiatives of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. Funds will be raised through 1) individual “per-mile” sponsorships, 2) fundraising events created in association with the run, and 3) corporate and private charitable contributions. “We believe we can raise at least $50,000 near-term, but would love to set our sights on $100,000 before the run is completed,” Jennings said.
No comments have been posted.
Add a Comment:
Please signup or login to add a comment.