CGI Racing Adds 8K Race to Unite Half Marathon Race Weekend
Posted Thursday, 1 March, 2012
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (February 15, 2012) – CGI Racing, producer of the Unite Half Marathon at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is launching a new 8K race, expanding the running offerings available to students, parents, faculty, alumni, staff and the local community. Organized in partnership with the Rutgers University Recreation Department, both the 8K and half marathon events will take place on Sunday, April 22, 2012, on the Rutgers campus in New Brunswick, attracting approximately 5,000 runners. The half marathon steps off at 8:00 a.m. followed by the new 8K at 8:15 a.m. In honor of the 8K debut, CGI Racing has created the Run Unite Relay and is donating 250 free 8K race entries -- the equivalent of 50 teams of five runners each -- to benefit the Rutgers Future Scholars Program. In exchange for the free entries, each relay team is asked to raise a minimum of $250 for the scholars program, which introduces low-income and academically promising New Jersey middle school students in New Brunswick, Piscataway, Newark and Camden, to the promise and opportunities of a college education. Those who successfully complete the four-year, pre-college program and are admitted to Rutgers University receive full tuition funding through scholarships and federal grants.
The 250 free entries are available to the public. Participants use the entries to build five-person relay teams from among their running clubs, business colleagues, student clubs, family, friends, Rutgers faculty and staff. Team members will run the race concurrently with the combined time total of each team’s five runners going to determine the overall winner. The first-place team will earn the UNITE CUP, and the first-, second- and third-place teams will all receive race medals.
“We are delighted to add a new event to the popular Unite Half Marathon race weekend, enabling more people to participate by offering a new race at the 8K distance,” said Michele Redrow, president and CEO of CGI Racing. “Equally meaningful to us is to have found a way to benefit such a worthy cause as the Rutgers Future Scholars Program by raising not just funds but also awareness.”
“Our thanks go out to all of the team participants who are joining the Run Unite Relay in support of the Rutgers Future Scholars Program,” said Aramis Gutierrez, Rutgers Future Scholars Program director. “We are grateful to be the recipients of the fundraising efforts of these runners as we work to meet our objective of increasing the number of low-income academically promising students from Newark, Camden, New Brunswick and Piscataway communities who complete high school and apply to and attend post secondary educational institutions, including Rutgers University,” he said. “We are proud of our work identifying, supporting, preparing and offering tuition scholarships to middle school students as well as developing a replicable model that encourages our peer institutions to do the same.”
RACE WEEKEND SCHEDULE
Saturday, April 21, 2012:
Unite Race Weekend kicks off from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2012, with the Endurance Experience, an interactive expo for endurance enthusiasts, at the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center on campus. The expo is free and open to the public, and offers on-going activities and clinics throughout the day in the running lounge from regional running experts as well as incredible deals on the latest gear at the Sneaker Factory Retail Village. The expo is also where runners will pick up their race registrations and packets. For the full schedule, visit http://unite.cgiracing.com/EVENTINFO/RaceWeekendSchedule.aspx.
Sunday, April 22, 2012:
Race day begins with the half marathon at 8:00 a.m., followed by the 8K at 8:15 a.m. Both races will start on the Busch Campus at the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center and finish on the College Avenue Campus. Runners will be cheered by thousands of spectators and enjoy live entertainment along the course, as well as aid stations staffed by the university’s fraternities and sport clubs, and a Finish Line Festival from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
RUNNING FOR CHARITY
In addition to raising funds for the Rutgers Future Scholars Program, the Unite Half Marathon and the new 8K are also expected to raise thousands of dollars for student sport clubs, student organizations, and official charity partners. CGI Racing will contribute five charity dollars to student organizations for each half marathon entry sold by their organization. Individual runners can also run the half marathon or 8K on behalf of one of the Unite For Charity partners. A list of partners can be found at http://unite.cgiracing.com/UNITE4CHARITY/Unite4CharityPartners.aspx. Finally, students can also raise charity dollars by volunteering in groups of 10-40 on race day; CGI Racing will contribute $25 per volunteer per shift.
Registration for the Unite 8K and Unite Half Marathon are available through http://unite.cgiracing.com/REGISTRATION.aspx. Registration fees for the 8K race are $45 through April 1, 2012; $50 through April 21, 2012; and $60 on race day. Rutgers students can register for the 8K at the student rate of $40. Registration for the half marathon is $75 through April 1, 2012; $85 through April 21, 2012, and $95 on-site on race day. Rutgers students can register for the half marathon at the student rate of $50 through April 21, 2012 and $55 on-site on race day. To register your team for one of the 50 free five-person team entries for the Unite 8K Run Unite Relay, visit the registration page on the race website at http://unite.cgiracing.com/REGISTRATION.aspx.
ABOUT CGI RACING
CGI Racing, a New Jersey-based company, is one of the premier race management companies in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. The Unite Half Marathon, which was launched by CGI Racing at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in April 2010, will expand to more universities nationwide beginning in 2013. The events are designed to bring together the university, local and running communities; promote healthy lifestyles, charity involvement, and a competitive spirit; and embrace and reflect the pride and enthusiasm that are part of the university environment. For more information, visit www.cgiracing.com.
ABOUT THE RUTGERS FUTURE SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Each year, the Rutgers Future Scholars program introduces 200 first-generation, low-income and academically promising middle school students from school districts in our four Rutgers home communities of New Brunswick, Piscataway, Newark, and Camden to the promise and opportunities of a college education. The program has multiple-year components, each building on the foundation of the previous year. Beginning in summer preceding their 8th grade year, student participants become part of a unique pre-college culture of university programming, events, support, and mentoring that will continue through their high school years, and eventually college. For students who successfully complete the pre-college part of the program, Rutgers will provide full tuition funding through scholarships and federal grants to students admissible to Rutgers University. In short, the Rutgers Future Scholars offers Hope, Opportunity, and Tuition Scholarship.
The Rutgers Future Scholars Program offers to seventh grade students in Newark, Camden, New Brunswick, and Piscataway a promise of hope and opportunity. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is committed to your graduating from high school and to helping you gain admission to Rutgers or another college of your choice. Best of all, Rutgers is promising to pay for four years of college tuition costs for successful Future Scholars who attend Rutgers.