Ten Detroit Families to Receive Hands-On Flood Rebuilding Assistance Over Detroit Free Press Marathon Weekend

Detroit, MI (October 12, 2016) – Race2Rebuild, the nonprofit endurance sports program supporting disaster recovery is headed to Detroit to partner with The Northwest Detroit Flood Recovery Project to support continued flood recovery and race the Detroit Free Press Marathon and Half Marathon. Their partners include Brethren Disaster MinistriesTeam RubiconUMCOR-United Methodist Committee On ReliefCrowdRise and the Detroit Free Press Marathon. With funding raised by athletes, The Northwest Detroit Flood Recovery Project, CrowdRise and a “Make A Difference Day Award” sponsored by Newman’s Own, athletes and volunteers will help rebuild 10 flood-damaged homes on Saturday, October 15th. On Sunday, October 16th, they will race or volunteer for the Detroit Free Press Marathon and Half Marathon.

“This will be the 39th year of the Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon.  Our charity partners will raise more than $2 million through our event, contributing to a wide variety of causes from medical research to clean water in poor countries.  We’re particularly pleased to partner with Race2Rebuild, helping to support the Northwest Detroit Flood Recovery Project’s work in Detroit on race weekend,” said Detroit Free Press Marathon Executive Race Director Barbara Bennage.

“It’s been over two years since much of metro Detroit was under water after being struck by the largest natural disaster of 2014,” said Rev. Rebecca Wilson of Detroit Flood Recovery Project. “More than 100,000 homes flooded in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties and the recovery efforts are still largely underway for many forgotten families. Partnering with Brethren Disaster Ministries, Team Rubicon, Race2Rebuild and all of these amazing organizations will help tremendously to move recovery forward.”

Volunteers of all skill levels will assist with a record-breaking 10 flood recovery projects in an effort to support continued relief from the floods 2014, where unprecedented rainfall impacted over 100,000 families causing widespread damage to homes and businesses.

“A community’s recovery process following a disaster is the ultimate endurance event,” said Race2Rebuild President Sarah Hartmann. “We are truly grateful to our partners The Northwest Detroit Flood Recovery Project, Detroit Free Press Marathon, Brethren Disaster Ministries, Team Rubicon, UMCOR and CrowdRise for their ongoing work and for providing Race2Rebuild volunteers with the opportunity to tangibly change lives, sending a message of hope to all families struggling to rebuild their homes that they are not forgotten.”

“CrowdRise has long been a supporter of Race2Rebuild’s efforts across the United States, and we are excited to be able to partner with them in our home town along with local community organizations and volunteers, in the effort to redirect awareness to the devastating effect of the floods of 2014,” said CrowdRise’s Bryan Lively. “What’s incredible about this particular project is that we can come together to support flood recovery for each home for only $5,000. I’m part of Team CrowdRise and we’ll be racing, funding and rebuilding over marathon weekend.”

Athletes and volunteers who wish to participate in the Race2Rebuild Detroit rebuilding projects may sign up online before October 15th. Rebuilding volunteers receive safety training, event shirt, nutrition and hydration. Athletes are encouraged to join the Race2Rebuild Detroit fundraising campaign on CrowdRise. Prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers on race day from Race2Rebuild sponsors XRCEL, Champion System, blueseventy, Road ID, TIMEX Sports and more. Register to volunteer, race and support the project with a donation at http://ift.tt/1VUAqM2.

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Press Contacts

Sarah Hartmann, Race2Rebuild
310-621-0084
sarah@race2rebuild.org

Rev. Rebecca Wilson, The Northwest Detroit Flood Recovery Project
313-610-2211
deacon.beckyw@gmail.com

Deb Scola, Detroit Free Press Marathon
313-815-3788
dscola@michigan.com

About Race2Rebuild

Race2Rebuild creates tangible change to our communities following natural disasters by supporting and participating in rebuilding projects and bringing families home. Founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Race2Rebuild’s national team of volunteer athletes raise critical private funds and provide hands-on home building to support projects across the country and around the world. Race2Rebuild serves as an important frontline advocate to its national rebuilding partners and an essential link to the families whose homes it helps to rebuild. We believe in safe, strong, healthy communities for all. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and visit us at www.race2rebuild.org. Race hard. Race with resolve. Race2Rebuild. 

About The Northwest Detroit Flood Recovery Project

The Northwest Detroit Flood Recovery Project is a ministry of the Detroit Annual Conference and Renaissance District of the United Methodist Church. Funded by the United Methodist Committee on Relief, the NwDFRP provides disaster case management to survivors of the August 11, 2014 flood. To date more than 200 households have received assistance.

About Detroit Free Press Marathon

The Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon is owned and operated by Michigan.com. Michigan.com reaches the largest and most engaged consumer base in Michigan, and provides unmatched resources to help businesses activate new customers. For more than 180 years, our respected and trusted news and information brands have been the first choice of Michigan residents and businesses. We offer more than 60 multi-platform products and services to help businesses reach, engage and activate Michigan consumers. Michigan.com, a Gannett Company, oversees Gannett’s Michigan brands: Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, Battle Creek Enquirer, Port Huron Times Herald, Livingston County Daily Press & Argus and Observer & Eccentric Media. Michigan.com manages the business operations of The Detroit News under the terms of a federal Joint Operating Agreement. It also is a sales representative for many national digital partners, including Cars.com and CareerBuilder.com .

About Brethren Disaster Ministries

Brethren Disaster Ministries (BDM), a National VOAD member agency and faith-based program of the Church of the Brethren, focuses on rebuilding homes, caring for children, and providing international relief by engaging our volunteers, supporters, and partners to serve communities recovering from disaster. The BDM Rebuild Program provides volunteers, leadership, equipment and tools needed to complete repair and rebuild work on most types of disaster related damage for survivors who lack sufficient resources to hire a contractor or other paid labor. http://ift.tt/2dR5Q4y 

About Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon Global provides veterans around the world with opportunities to serve others in the wake of disasters. Affiliate countries include the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. For more about Team Rubicon Global, visit http://ift.tt/2efm0HFAlso see us on Facebook  and follow us on Twitter. 

About CrowdRise

CrowdRise is the world’s largest and fastest growing online platform dedicated exclusively to charitable fundraising.  CrowdRise is used by millions of individuals, tens of thousands of charities, hundreds of companies and many of the most famous artists and athletes in the world to creatively leverage their resources and networks to unlock the power of the crowd to support positive social missions and create massive impact.

Founded by actor Edward Norton, film producer Shauna Robertson and Robert and Jeffrey Wolfe, CrowdRise has conceived, implemented and powered campaigns that have raised hundreds of millions of dollars to date. For more information visit www.CrowdRise.com.

About UMCOR

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more. Visit www.umcor.org.

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