True classics never fade away- they come back stronger than ever, and that’s certainly the case with the Helen Hayes Hospital Classic 10K Race & Fun Run. This inspirational athletic event for individuals of all abilities is scheduled for Sunday, October 5, 2014. The start and finish lines are on the hospital grounds, with the 10K kicking off at 9:30 am, followed by the Fun Run at 11:00 am.
When it debuted in 1983, the HHH Classic Race was a pioneer in promoting fitness and competition among runners and wheelchair racers. Over 15 years, the event grew into one of the metropolitan’s area’s largest and most anticipated races. When the last racer crossed the finish line in 1997, many hospital staff vowed to bring the Classic back, and now the hospital looks forward to doing just that – with all of the powerful excitement, tremendous fun and immense support that made the Classic a favorite.
In a nod to its successful history, the 2014 HHH Classic Race will follow the same challenging course through Haverstraw and Stony Point while also incorporating some brand new aspects. There will be racers using handcycles and exoskeletons – the latest in rehabilitation technology – a family fun activity zone, live entertainment and of course, lots of opportunities to cheer on all of the participants – whether they are running, wheeling or strolling the Fun Run.
Along with Top Overall Awards for male and female runners, wheelers and handcyclists, awards will be presented in seven different age categories, wheeler and handcyclist divisions. Ribbons will be presented to all Fun Run participants. T-shirts are guaranteed to all pre-registered participants, who also have the option of selecting a wicking shirt.
This year’s race is being named in honor and memory of Niles M. Davies, Jr., who recently passed away. Mr. Davies was a founding organizer of the very first HHH Classic Race and took tremendous pride in being a race sponsor. His unwavering support of Helen Hayes Hospital and the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation are the inspiration for bringing back the competition and camaraderie of the Classic. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation, which supports a tremendous array of rehabilitation programs, services and equipment,
“After a 17-year hiatus, we are hugely excited to be bringing the HHH Classic Race back home,” states Race Director Matthew Castelluccio. “We look forward to welcoming back lots of Classic sponsors andracers and introducing the Classic to a new generation of participants. Please consider volunteering your efforts, racing and inviting your family and friends to participate.”
On-line registration is available at: bit.ly/helenhayes. For additional information about the Classic, contact the hospital’s Public Relations Department at 845-786-4225, or email Classic@helenhayeshosp.org.