Raleigh, NC, December 18, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Christ Episcopal Church (www.christchurchraleigh.org) has announced the community sponsors who are supporting the third annual “Run for Young” event, set for Saturday, Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, located at 120 E. Edenton St. “Run for Young” is an event to raise community awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. The race honors the memory of Sadiki Young, who was a member of Christ Church and a senior at Wakefield High School when he lost his life as a passenger in a drunk driving accident in 2007. All proceeds from the race will go toward the Christ Church Youth endowment Fund, set up in Sadiki’s memory, and the Wakefield High School Just Think First Program. This year’s sponsors include:
-Alexander Family YMCA
-The Athlete’s Foot, Cameron Village
-Bay Six USA
-The Fresh Market
-Great Outdoor Provision Co., Cameron Village
-H2Q Architecture, Roula Qubain, AIA
-Inside Out Sports
-K & L Gates LLP
-Mark Vitek CPA, P.A.
-Mikels & Jones Properties
-MMI Public Relations
-Panera Bread, Crabtree Valley
-Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern
“We are pleased to join with these sponsors to host the Run For Young 5K,” said former Raleigh City Councilor Philip Isley, one of Sadiki’s Sunday school teachers. “We are excited to see the community getting behind our cause of honoring Sadiki’s life and educating our youth about the dangers of drinking and driving.”
- Participants may register by picking up a form at the church or the Cameron Village Athlete’s Foot store and mailing completed registration forms to Christ Church Run For Young, P.O. Box 25778, Raleigh, NC 27611-5778.
- Online registration is available at www.sportoften.com and closes at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7.
-Individuals may register in person at the Cameron Village Athlete’s Foot store between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8 or beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Christ Church parish hall on the day of the race.
- Those registered by Jan. 3 will receive a T-shirt.
- “Run For Young” is one of eight races that make up the Empire Grand Prix Race Series.
- According to a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) report, an estimated 11,773 people died as the result of drinking and driving in 2008.
- The Apex (N.C.) Police Department states that the leading cause of death for teenagers is automobile accidents, and 80 percent of those accidents are alcohol related.
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there was an average of one death every 45 minutes in alcohol-related car accidents.
About Run for Young:
“Run for Young” is a 5K race held in memory of Sadiki Young. Sadiki was a member of Christ Episcopal Church and a senior at Wakefield High School when he was killed as a passenger in a drunk driving accident in January 2007. The 18-year-old was passionate about sports, music and spending time with his friends. Church members, classmates and other friends have joined with area businesses to organize Run for Young. All proceeds from the race go toward the Christ Church Youth Endowment Fund and Wakefield High School’s Just Think First program. For more information about the event, please visit www.christchurchraleigh.org or call (919) 834-6259 ext. 120.
MMI Public Relations