The Martin Richard Foundation, in partnership with TD Garden, the Boston Bruins Foundation and DMSE Sports, announce inaugural ‘MR8K – A Run for Gratitude’ to honor first responders
BOSTON (May 10, 2018) – Registration is now open for the MR8K at TD Garden on Labor Day – the first ever 5-mile run to feature the finish line at Boston Bruins center ice.
The Martin Richard Foundation, in partnership with TD Garden, the Boston Bruins Foundation and Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises (DMSE), has announced plans for the first annual MR8K, set for Monday, Sept. 3.
Register at www.TDGarden.com/MR8K.
To reflect the spirit of the Martin Richard Foundation, the first annual MR8K will be a ‘Run for Gratitude’ honoring first responders and related charities.
“Through our work at the Martin Richard Foundation, and with incredible partners like TD Garden, the Boston Bruins Foundation and public safety officials, we continue to see that there are so many individuals across our community who respond to adversity with kindness and selflessness,” said Bill Richard, co-founder of the Martin Richard Foundation. “That’s why the proceeds from this year’s MR8K will benefit first responders and all those who stand up for others when it would be easier to do nothing at all. It is our way of saying thank you to them for what they did for us and do for others every day.”
The MR8K race, produced by DMSE Sports, Inc., is the first ever 5-mile course (8K) that will bring participants beneath TD Garden’s storied rafters, home of 23 championship banners (the most in the country), and feature a finish line at Boston Bruins center ice on the floor of TD Garden.
The course begins on Causeway St. and will take participants through downtown Boston, beside the Boston Common and along Commonwealth Ave. before looping back and ending inside TD Garden.
“DMSE Sports is really excited about managing this newest race in Boston,” said Dave McGillivray, president of DMSE Sports, who is a renowned endurance athlete and philanthropist. “DMSE now manages races that finish inside Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium and now the TD Garden, which is pretty cool. And, it’s all to benefit the Martin Richard Foundation, who I’ve been running for and personally supporting for the past five years.”
Registration is $45, with proceeds benefiting the Martin Richard Foundation. Founded in 2014, the foundation was formed by the parents of eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed when two bombs exploded near the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15, 2013. Participants and spectators will have the opportunity to fundraise and donate on CrowdRise. Each registrant will receive an event day shirt as part of the registration fee. The event is open to both runners and walkers, as well as families with small children.
“It is an honor to be given the opportunity to support the values of sportsmanship, inclusion, kindness and peace that the Martin Richard Foundation promotes through its work in the community,” said Charlie Jacobs, CEO of Delaware North’s Boston Holdings. “Thank you to the Richard family and all of those involved in the MR8K A Run for Gratitude for allowing TD Garden and the Boston Bruins Foundation to play a role in what will be an inspiring and memorable event.”
Since 2014, the Martin Richard Foundation has distributed more than 50,000 donations totaling nearly $750,000 in giving to organizations focused on community need, youth development, adaptive and inclusive sports, and education around non-violence.
Three principles guide the Martin Richard Foundation’s work: Choose Kindness. Build Bridges. Do More. Choose Kindness represents its commitment to honoring Martin’s legacy of togetherness, teamwork, fairness and sportsmanship. Build Bridges is a commitment to inclusion and embracing diversity. Do More is a commitment to volunteerism, empowering youth to make positive change through service. These principles come to life through programs, partnerships and projects focused on youth leadership development, education around non-violence, and adaptive and inclusive sports.
About the Martin Richard Foundation
The Martin Richard Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation that helps young people learn, grow and lead through volunteerism and community engagement. Its mission is to contribute to a world where people recognize the humanity in others and model the decency needed for a united, compassionate and inclusive community. Founded in 2014, the foundation was formed by the parents of eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed when two bombs exploded near the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15, 2013.
About Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises
DMSE Sports is a full-service event-management organization, providing a full range of event and race production, management, and consulting services to support events of all sizes. Dave McGillivray and his team at DMSE Sports are responsible for the technical and logistical aspects of more than 30 races and walks per year. From overseeing organizing committees to working with local officials and handling registration, credentialing, lead vehicles, and course set up, DMSE Sports does it all. The firm has produced more than 1,000 events since opening its doors in 1981, and serves clients throughout the United States
About the Boston Bruins Foundation
The Boston Bruins Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists charitable organizations that demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children and their families throughout New England. We focus on organizations that are concentrated on academics, athletics, community outreach, and health and wellness. The Foundation believes that these pillars will create a strong support system that will ultimately lead to the betterment of our community.
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Group photo ID: (from left) Dave McGillivray, president of DMSE Sports; Cam Neely, president of the Boston Bruins; Bill Richard, co-founder of the Martin Richard Foundation; Charlie Jacobs, CEO of Delaware North's Boston Holdings; and Amy Latimer, president of TD Garden