Mayor McKinley Price and City Manager Jim Bourey today presented checks to the three local charities that had been selected as the beneficiaries of the 2016 Newport News One City Marathon. In its second year, the marathon benefited organizations that provide services to those affected by sexual assault and domestic violence. The charities – The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors, Fear 2 Freedom and Transitions Family Violence Services – were presented with checks representing the total amount each received from marathon proceeds and direct contributions through online registration. “It is so exciting to be able to provide these very deserving charities the proceeds from the 2016 One City Marathon,” said Bourey. “We recognize that there is a big need for assisting those affected by sexual assault and domestic violence, and we are proud to have had all three as our charitable partners. It is our hope that by serving as marathon charities, these agencies received greater exposure for the services they provide our community.” Newport News Shipbuilding has served as Presenting Sponsor of the One City Marathon each year, and City Manager Bourey also announced today that the shipyard will again be the Presenting Sponsor for next year’s event. The 2017 One City Marathon will take place on Sunday, March 12th, and registration is available now at www.onecitymarathon.com. Charity partners for the 2017 marathon will be determined at a later date. Brief descriptions of the 2016 charitable partners follow. The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors (awarded $6,610.67) has played an active role in the reduction and elimination of sexual and domestic violence in Hampton Roads since 1996. The Center provides free crisis stabilization and counseling services to victims, their families and friends. The Center also provides hospital and court companionship, a 24-hour hotline operated by trained advocates, and advocacy with law enforcement. Fear 2 Freedom (awarded $7,555.67) was established in 2011 here in Newport News to redeem and restore those wounded by sexual assault, bringing them hope and healing, and to change the cultural understanding surrounding this issue by empowering college students. Through their University Campaign, Fear 2 Freedom partners universities with local hospitals and community organizations to provide after care kits to victims of sexual assault. The program also focuses on awareness, education and empowerment activities among college campuses across the country. Transitions Family Violence Services (awarded $7,480.67) has been providing comprehensive services to adult and child victims of domestic violence on the Peninsula since 1977. Transitions seeks to build safe and healthy families by providing programs that offer intervention and prevention strategies to help end abuse. Transitions Family Violence Services provides support to victims through their 24-hour crisis hotline services, emergency and transitional shelters, legal advocacy, safety planning, support groups and other programs. About the Newport News One City Marathon
Presented by Newport News Shipbuilding, the third annual Newport News One City Marathon will take place Sunday, March 12, 2017. The marathon course runs the entire 26 mile length of the city, with Newport News Park as the setting for the start of the race and the Victory Arch in downtown serving as the finish line. Along the way, the certified course takes runners past various cultural amenities, educational institutions, businesses and neighborhoods. The marathon, which also offers a relay option, culminates at a One City Celebration festival at Victory Landing Park as runners race through the finish line. In addition to the marathon, there is also an 8K Run/Walk and a Kids Fun Run. Marathon weekend (March 10-12, 2017) will also include a Health and Wellness Expo and other community focused events.