What a perfect day to Unite!
6,000 Unite participants gathered at Rutgers University under a clear blue sky to challenge themselves to complete either the half-marathon or the 8K. The Unite Half Marathon and 8K at Rutgers University, in its fourth year, was even more meaningful given the recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon. Unite paid tribute to Boston by handing out thousands of small American flags and the race opened with a moment of silence for the Boston Marathon. Signs of Boston supporters were everywhere--green shirts, Sox hats and blue/yellow ribbons for the Boston Athletic Association.
Unite runners kept Boston in their thoughts as they made their way through the flat, fast, and scenic campus course. Water stations, cheering fraternities and sororities, and music kept the participants pumped up during their run.
Unite encourages runners and walkers to not only unite for fitness, but also to unite with friends by forming teams, and to unite for a cause by supporting various local charities. This year, Unite partnered with two dozen different charities, and the race has raised over $300,000 for charity since its inception in 2010.
Big congratulations to first-place finisher Demesse Tefera, 34, from Washington, DC. His final time was 1:07:50. The first female finisher was Hirut Beyene Guangul of Washington, DC with a final time of 1:16:41.
“It was a wildly successful race,” “With thousands of participants, including Rutgers students, alumni, and many runners and walkers from our partner charities, great weather,
“Wow! What a day, said Michele Redrow, President and CEO of CGI Racing, “from the incredible sense of unity for the Boston Marathon tragedy at the start line, to the beautiful running weather we could not have asked for more perfect conditions in every sense of the word. We had a record number of participants,. We’re proud of the accomplishments of all our participants!”
Registration for the 2014 Unite Half Marathon and 8K will open on October 1, 2013 with the much anticipated opening day promotion where 150 runners get in for just $17.66. We hope to see you there!