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WITNESS Named an Official Charity Partner of the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon

New York, March 9, 2016—WITNESS was recently named an Official Charity Partner of the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon. The race will take place on Sunday, November 6, 2016.

“WITNESS is thrilled to be an official charity partner with the TCS New York City Marathon for the seventh time,” said Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, Executive Director. “The event provides a great platform for our dedicated runners to raise money and increase awareness for WITNESS and our mission to support people around the world using video for human rights change.”

Approximately 340 official charity partners will be part of the event.

WITNESS was founded nearly 25 years ago in New York, and is the leading innovator in the use of video for human rights. We work globally to provide training and guidance to activists using video to document human rights abuse and to advocate for change. The WITNESS team will be comprised of five runners, who will follow in the footsteps of past teams by raising a minimum of $15,000 for the organization. “We are incredibly grateful for their efforts and look forward to cheering them on,” said Ms. Alberdingk Thijm. To learn about how to join the WITNESS team, click here.

“We welcome WITNESS as an official charity partner of the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon,” said Michael Rodgers, Vice President of Development and Philanthropy for New York Road Runners. “Our official charity partner program is one of the TCS New York City Marathon’s most meaningful elements, providing thousands of participants with the opportunity to run for causes significant to them, while raising critical funds for hundreds of inspiring non-profit organizations. We wish the best to all of these runners as they begin their extraordinary journey to the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon.”

More details about the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon are available below.

About the TCS New York City Marathon

The TCS New York City Marathon is the premier event of New York Road Runners (NYRR) and the largest marathon in the world. Over 1,000,000 people have finished the race since its first running in 1970 with just 127 entrants and 55 finishers running four laps around Central Park. The race expanded to all five boroughs in 1976 and is now in its 40th year as a five-borough affair. Held annually on the first Sunday of November, the race features 50,000 runners including the world’s top professional athletes and a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners. Participants from over 125 countries tour the city, starting on Staten Island at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and running through the neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx before ending in Manhattan. In 2015, the inaugural NYRR Youth Invitational at the TCS New York City Marathon gave young runners the opportunity to run 1.8 miles of the race course in Central Park, beginning near mile 24 and finishing at the famed TCS New York City Marathon finish line. More than one million spectators and thousands of volunteers line the city streets in support of the runners, while millions more watch the live television broadcast in the New York area on WABC-TV, Channel 7, nationally on ESPN2, and via various international broadcast partners around the world. The race is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, which features the world’s top marathons—Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York—and crowns the top professional male and female marathoners each year. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, is the premier partner of NYRR and the title sponsor of the TCS New York City Marathon. The 46th running of the TCS New York City Marathon is set for November 6, 2016. To learn more, visit www.tcsnycmarathon.com.

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