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Run, Walk A Mile For 'HOPE' In New Rochelle Sunday

Last year's North Avenue Mile drew more than the NewRo Runners anticipated. This year, even more runners are expected to flock to New Rochelle Sunday. Photo Credit: Contributed/NewRo Runners
The family-oriented event is for athletes of all ages. Photo Credit: Contributed/NewRo Runners
There was no shortage of runners in New Rochelle for the North Avenue Mile last year. Photo Credit: Contributed/NewRo Runners

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – NewRo Runners is giving New Rochelle runners the opportunity to get some exercise for a good cause this weekend, as they prepare to raise money for hope at the second annual North Avenue Mile.

The North Avenue Mile is a family-oriented event for runners and walkers of all abilities and experience levels. The timed event on a USATF certified one-mile course will feature four waves of runners, separated by age, that will run a course from Paine Cottage to City Hall.

Hopeful participants can still register for the race online, or sign up on the day of the North Avenue Mile until 8:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 8, with the race starting promptly at 9 am.. This year, proceeds raised from the event will be used to benefit Hope Community Services, the New Rochelle organization that provides goods and food to families in need.

“NewRo Runners is committed to supporting the Westchester community we live in. Our tagline is ‘changing the shape of the community – one mile at a time,’” Steven Stein, the president of NewRo Runners said. “I think HOPE resonated with many of our members as an opportunity to raise awareness for the many programs provided by HOPE and an opportunity to provide financial support needed to continue those services and programs.”

Caroline Troum, the executive director of HOPE, said that in the past year, the organization’s services have increased by more than 40 percent, and they are seeing more women, children and elderly residents.

“These are people who have never been to a soup kitchen or food pantry before,” she said in a release. “They are the newly unemployed, people whose unemployment benefits have run out, or people whose hours have been cut.”

This year’s event will look very similar to last year’s event, which was an overwhelming success for NewRo Runners, down to the Health and Fitness Expo that will greet runners at the finish line. This year’s expo will feature more than 25 local professionals and businesses promoting health and safety.

Stein said NewRo Runners is ascribing to the adage, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” There will be four waves of runners, starting with walkers and families followed by competitive runners. New this year, runners can get their quarter mile splits if they desire.

“We received fantastic feedback last year, so we are pretty much sticking to the same formula,” he added. “It’s a fun event for walkers, families and elite runners alike to support an organization that provides so much to those in our community in need. Come walk or run a mile for ‘HOPE’ this Sunday.”

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