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Race2Rebuild Partners with HGTV Stars and Spartan Race
Home Improvement Celebrity Experts Raise Funds for National Disaster Relief Projects as Part of the Endurance Charity Racing Team's "Pick Your Own Race" Program and Spartan Race’s Charity Partner Program

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Posted Wednesday, 2 July, 2014

NEW YORK – Race2Rebuild, now in its second year as the endurance charity racing team created by athletes to help families come home following natural disasters, is expanding its roster and officially launching the “Pick Your Own Race” option. This program will enable participants to choose their own race to raise funds to support the cause. As part of the launch of this new offering, well-known HGTV and home improvement show hosts will race the Pennsylvania Spartan Race on July 12th with Race2Rebuild and raise $25,000 to support national nonprofit Rebuilding Together to help a family come home. This race also marks the team’s first as part of Spartan Race’s new Charity Partner Program, which gives back up to 15% of revenue generated from athletes using the Race2Rebuild code.

In its inaugural year, Race2Rebuild raised funds to rebuild homes that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy through racing two New York City area races, the NYC Triathlon and the Staten Island Half Marathon, and later had the opportunity to volunteer with Rebuilding Together to rebuild homes. This year, Race2Rebuild has expanded its offerings and will allow participants to raise funds through racing any race they choose. Race2Rebuild is excited to announce that one of those chosen races is the Spartan Race in Palmerton, PA on July 12th. At this race, TV hosts will race on behalf of Race2Rebuild, including Mark Clement of MyFixItUpLife. The proceeds will go towards Rebuilding Together projects to help rebuild homes that were destroyed in natural disasters.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Race2Rebuild for the Pennsylvania Spartan Race,” says Mark Clement from MyFixItUpLife. “We’re passionate about getting families into comfortable and happy homes, and Race2Rebuild’s mission is to do just that. Our team of guys is also competitive and committed to fitness, so the Spartan Race was the perfect opportunity to merge our two passions together and give to a good cause.”

Adds Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena, “We couldn’t think of a better kick-off for the Spartan Race Charity Partner Program than to support Race2Rebuild. Not only have we held races on Staten Island, but shortly after Hurricane Sandy, the Spartan community added considerable muscle in the form of actual physical labor to assist in clean-up. In fact, since then, in honor of this effort, most Spartan races hold early morning ‘hurricane heats’ for our most committed competitors.

“Through Race2Rebuild, we’re proud to support the resilience and recovery of those affected by natural disaster,” De Sena said.

“Just like Rebuilding Together, HGTV and DIY Network content provides the tools people need to live in a safe and healthy environment,” says Annette Brun, VP Cause Marketing and Social Responsibility for Scripps Networks Interactive. “Race2Rebuild is yet another way for our on-air hosts to bring attention to Rebuilding Together with an emphasis on fitness, and a healthy pursuit to help families live safely and comfortably in their homes.”

Athletes, volunteers and fans are invited to donate to the team’s fundraising efforts on For more information on how to get involved with Race2Rebuild and participate in the “Pick Your Own Race” opportunities, visit

About Race2Rebuild
Race2Rebuild believes in safe, strong, healthy homes and communities for all. Created in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy by a team of volunteer athletes to help bring families home, we fund Rebuilding Together’s disaster relief projects. Following each race, athletes have the opportunity to volunteer, meet the family they support and help rebuild their home. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and visit us at Race hard. Race with resolve. Race2Rebuild.

About Spartan Race, Inc
Spartan Race, Inc., voted Outside Magazine’s Best Obstacle Race, is the world’s leading obstacle racing series. In 2013, Spartan Racers participated at 60 events worldwide in what for many was a transformational experience. Spartan Race also offers an obstacle course event for the next generation of Spartans ages four through thirteen.

With over 130 events in 17 countries planned for 2014, Spartan Race continues to make obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports in the world. The Reebok Spartan Race global race series features races at three distances, 3+Mile/15+ Obstacle Sprint, 8+ Mile/20+ Obstacle Super and 12+ Mile/ 25+ Obstacle Beast, culminating each year in the Spartan World Championship, which in 2014 will be held in Killington, Vt. on September 20. With competitive Elite heats and Open heats for all fitness levels, Reebok Spartan Races offer something for everyone. The Spartan lifestyle continues its goal of ripping people off their couches and helping them lead happier, healthier and more productive lives.

Log onto for more information, a schedule of events and to register for a race.

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 and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 187 affiliates completed 10,400 rebuild projects in 2012 thanks to the efforts of 100,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trade professionals and every day good citizens. Join us – visit

About HGTV:
America’s leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV features a top-rated cable network that is distributed to more than 98 million U.S. households and the HGTV website,, the nation’s leading online home-and-garden destination that attracts an average of four million unique visitors per month. The brand also includes the HGTV HOME™ consumer products line which showcases exclusive collections of paint, flooring, lighting, furniture, plants, fabrics and other home-oriented products. For more information on HGTV HOME branded products and to find a retailer, go to In partnership with Hearst Magazines, the HGTV Magazine, a home and lifestyle publication, is currently available on newsstands. Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., HGTV is wholly owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI).



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