Marlins President David Samson to run 50 miles for charity

On April 27, 2012, Marlins President David Samson will run 50 miles to raise funds in honor of the construction workers who made Marlins Park a reality. 100 percent of the proceeds raised will be donated to 10 "Charities of Choice". To date, the run has raised over $500,000 through sponsor and individual donations.

"Building Marlins Park has been a labor of love for thousands of people for many years," said Samson.  "The opportunity to not only thank each of the workers for his/her dedication, but also raise money and awareness for 10 very worthy charities, is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  The larger and more interesting challenge is working together to effectuate change, both locally and nationally.  Those who have donated have come to the same conclusion, and together, progress will be made."

The first leg of the run will start at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and AIA in Pompano Beach and conclude at home plate of Marlins Park prior to the 7:10 p.m. Marlins/D-backs game. The run will consist of five-mile intervals dedicated to a specific Charity of Choice, with a runner representing that specific charity joining David for the five-mile leg.

Samson has run many marathons across the country including four New York City Marathons, the Boston Marathon and the Miami Marathon. Earlier this month, he completed the Disney "Goofy Marathon" that consisted of a half marathon on Saturday followed by a full marathon on Sunday. Also, in 2006, Samson became the first active team President to complete the Ford Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii.  In addition to swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and then running a full marathon, all in 15 hours, 36 minutes, Samson personally raised over $250,000 for the Marlins Foundation, the Challenged Athletes Foundation ("CAF") and other local Hawaiian charities.

Run to Honor the Workers Charities of Choice:

  • ALS Recovery Fund
  • Challenged Athletes Foundation
  • Liga Contra el Cancer
  • The Miami Foundation - Miami Fellows Scholarships
  • The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Jewish Federation of Broward County
  • Miami Children's Hospital
  • University of Miami Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence
  • Stand Up To Cancer

How to Donate:
Pledges can be made at marlins.com/samsonrun. Log on to the site and select one of 10 charities and the amount of the donation. If you have any questions about your donation please e-mail: foundation@marlins.com or call: 305-623-6497.