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Race2Rebuild Launches Team of Athletes Dedicated to Rebuilding Homes
New Endurance Team Dedicated to Funding Disaster Relief Projects through National Nonprofit Rebuilding Together Focuses Inaugural Year on Rebuilding Homes Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy

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Posted Thursday, 25 April, 2013

NEW YORK, April 25, 2013 – Race2Rebuild, the official charity racing team for Rebuilding Together, has launched its first team, providing athletes with the opportunity to raise money to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, meet the affected families and participate in the actual rebuilding, thereby creating a tangible experience that is distinct in the field of charity racing.

The inaugural Race2Rebuild teams will race the Aquaphor New York City Triathlon on July 14, 2013 or the New York Road Runners (NYRR) Staten Island Half Marathon on October 13, 2013. Athletes who join the team will raise funds dedicated to rebuilding two homes for two local families. To support their racing goals, athletes will receive a variety of benefits including a complimentary training plan from Race2Rebuild Head Coach Jonathan Cane of City Coach Multisport delivered via TrainingPeaks. Participants will also receive custom apparel, personal one-on-one support from a Race2Rebuild Race Captain, cutting-edge fundraising tools and special promotions from program partners.

“Race2Rebuild is made of athletes and volunteers resolved to rebuild communities, homes and lives through racing,” said founder, Sarah Hartmann. “Their tireless effort allows Race2Rebuild to maximize the funds raised for each Rebuilding Together sponsored family and shows the depth of commitment our supporters have to Sandy relief. This is a breath of fresh air for athletes to be able to make a difference in their own backyard.”

Athletes and volunteers interested in joining Race2Rebuild are encouraged to go to their website,, to join the Aquaphor NYC Tri team and to find more information on fundraising goals. Participants can use their own entries or take one of Race2Rebuild’s. The deadline for team entry is June 1st. Follow on Facebook and Twitter for exciting updates and announcements.

“Rebuilding Together proudly salutes Race2Rebuild on their inaugural season in which they will not only support the needs of the families affected by Superstorm Sandy, but also raise awareness of the importance of working together to rebuild safe and healthy homes for communities nationwide,” said John L. Fiegel, interim president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “We appreciate the hard work of the racers and of all those who are supporting Race2Rebuild.”

Race2Rebuild is proud to partner with an amazing group of sponsors and supporters, including Clif Bar, JackRabbit, Endurance Films, TrainingPeaks, City Coach Multisport, Champion System, RoadID, Nils Nilsen/N2PHOTO Services, GreenbergTraurig, LLP, Crowdrise, Musette Bakery, and Ketchum Sports and Entertainment, With their help, Race2Rebuild is able to provide athletes with the support they need to race hard and race with resolve, including supplying team meet up locations, training plans, uniforms, training and race day nutrition, fundraising tools, and more.

About Race2Rebuild
Race2Rebuild believes in safe, strong, healthy homes and communities for all. Created in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we fund Rebuilding Together's disaster relief projects. To date, Rebuilding Together has served over 3.2 million people, is in the top 1% of all charities, and has rebuilt 1000+ homes in New Orleans post-Katrina.

In the first season, athletes have two opportunities to Race2Rebuild two homes for two families. The two families will be there at the finish line and later the athletes will have the opportunity to volunteer with Rebuilding Together to rebuild their homes. Next year, Race2Rebuild will expand to at least four major races around the country.

Home by home, block by block, Rebuilding Together is rebuilding homes and communities nationwide. Mile by mile, Race2Rebuild supports that mission. Visit

About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications, fire prevention and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to the recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our close to 200 affiliates complete 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of nearly 200,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trade professionals and every day good citizens. Join us – visit



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