Miami Marlins President to run 52.4 miles in honor of Marlins Park workers

MIAMI, FL – Miami Marlins president David Samson is just two days away from running 52.4 miles in his “Run to Honor the Workers”. A total of 17 runners are now confirmed to join Samson, each representing a different charity. 

The first leg of the run will start at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and AIA in Pompano Beach at 7:00 AM and conclude at home plate of Marlins Park at approximately 6:40 PM, just prior to the 7:10 PM Marlins vs Diamondbacks game. The run will consist of 9 five-mile intervals and one 7.4 interval, each dedicated to a specific Charity of Choice. A different runner will join David for each interval representing a specific charity.  Upon arrival at Marlins Park, David will run through Center Field while being greeted by 500 workers. The ceremony will continue with ten charity check presentations on the field. Later in the game, the Marlins will unveil a permanent plaque to be located on the Promenade Level with the name of every worker who helped build Marlins Park.

Samson will run 52.4 miles to raise funds in honor of the construction workers who made Marlins Park a reality. 100% of the proceeds raised will be donated to the 10 different charities. To date, the run has raised over $550,000 through sponsor and individual donations. The Run to Honor the Workers is sponsored in part by Leon Medical Centers, Jeffrey H. Loria, Pepsi, Populous & Hunt/ Moss, Rose & Harry Samson Family and the Wasserman Media Group.

“Now that Marlins Park is open, many in our community have already seen the great work performed by the more than 5,000 workers who built it,” said David Samson, Miami Marlins President. “The opportunity to raise more than $550,000 to be given by those workers to ten deserving charities is very personally rewarding.  Running two marathons back to back is relatively easy compared to the hours and hours of hard and precise work done each day during construction by these workers.”

Charities of Choice and Designated Runners:

Jewish Federation of Broward County (Miles 0-5) - Larry Beinfest:  President of Baseball Operations, Miami Marlins and finisher of the 2010 New York City Marathon. (Starts at approximately 7 A.M.)

Stand Up To Cancer (Miles 5-12.4) – Dave McGillivray:  Race Director of the Boston Marathon since 1988. Dave successfully ran across the USA in 1978 and has raised millions of dollars for charity through his athletic achievements. (Starts at approximately 8 A.M.)

Challenged Athletes Foundation (Miles 10-17.4) – Sarah Reinertsen: First female leg amputee to complete the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona, Hawaii in 2005. (Starts at approximately 9:25 A.M.)

ALS Recovery Fund (Miles 17.4-22.4) – Jose Perez, Albert Perez & Allen Popowitz: Jose G. and Albert J. Perez have been raising money for the ALS Recovery Fund since 1997.  After losing their father to ALS in 2001, they have continued their efforts and have raised over $3.3 million dollars for ALS Research… Popowitz serves on the Board of Directors for the ALS Association of the Greater New York Chapter and has run five marathons: four New York City Marathons and the latest was the 2009 Boston Marathon.      (Starts at approximately 10:30 A.M.)

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (Miles 22.4-27.4) – Michael Hill & John Silverman: Both Hill and Silverman are veteran marathoners having completed several with Samson including the 2009 Boston Marathon and 2010 New York City Marathon. Hill is Vice President, General Manager of the Miami Marlins and Silverman serves as the Marlins equipment manager. (Starts at approximately 11:34 A.M.)

The Miami Foundation – Miami Fellows Scholarships (Miles 27.4-32.4) – Javier Soto & P.J. Loyello: Soto is President of the Miami Foundation and has completed the Chicago and Boston Marathons… Loyello is the Marlins Sr. VP, Communications and Broadcasting and has run three marathons with Samson: Miami, Boston and NY City. (Starts at approximately 12:38 A.M.)

Miami Children’s Hospital (Miles 32.4-37.4) – April Andrews-Singh, Vice President and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of Miami Children’s Hospital. (Starts at approximately 1:42 P.M.)

University of Miami Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence (Miles 37.4-42.4) – Daryl Eisenberg, Tracy Nathanson & Allison Wallach. Eisenberg was diagnosed with MS 16 years ago and will run with her sisters Tracy, a veteran of 10 marathons, and Allison who has completed three marathons including the 2010 NYC Marathon with Samson.  (Starts at approximately 2:46 P.M.)

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (Miles 42.4-47.4) – Bret Parker: Serves as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Elizabeth Arden, Inc. A veteran of four New York City Marathons all run with Samson, Parker was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease five years ago and has been Samson’s closest friend for over 30 years. Parker publicly disclosed his condition today as part of his participation in this run.  (Starts at approximately 3:50 P.M.)

Liga Contra el Cancer (Miles 47.4-52.4) – Jeff Conine & Hannah Samson: Conine is a former MLB great and is known around South Florida as “Mr. Marlin” for winning the 1997 & 2003 World Series with the Marlins. He has raised millions of dollars for the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and completed the Ironman Triathlon in Kona, HI in 2008. Hannah will proudly run by her father’s side for the toughest five miles of the day. (Starts at approximately 4:54 P.M.)

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

About David Samson:

Samson is President of the Miami Marlins and the Marlins Foundation. Samson has run many marathons across the country including four New York City Marathons, the Boston Marathon and the Miami Marathon. Earlier this year, he completed the Disney “Goofy Challenge” that consisted of a half marathon on Saturday followed by a full marathon on Sunday. Also, in 2006, he 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.

Samson concentrates his charitable efforts on helping underprivileged and sick children experience summer camp and improve education and health care. In addition, he is member of the CAF’s Board of Directors. In 2009 he was appointed to serve on the Board of Governors of the Miami Foundation and in 2010, Samson was named to the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law’s Board of Overseers.  Samson also serves on the Miami Children’s museum Board of Directors.