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Make-A-Wish® Chosen Charity Partner in 2013 Boilermaker


July 14, 2013


Syracuse, NY

Syracuse, N.Y. –  Make-A-Wish® Central New York is pleased to announce that they have been chosen as an Inaugural Charity Partner for the Boilermaker Road Race and will offer 50 runners another chance to participate in the 2013 Boilermaker Road Race as part of the race’s inaugural charity bib program.

Runners must commit to raising a minimum of $500 in support of Make-A-Wish Central New York to claim one of the 50 bibs available and add meaning to their miles. Bibs may be used for either the 15K or 5K race.Utica Boilermaker

Registration opens on Monday March 18 at Noon. For more information on how to register through Make-A-Wish Central New York, visit the organization’s website at

This year’s 15K Boilermaker Road Race, which takes place in Utica, NY on July 14, 2013, sold out in record time, reaching its 14,000 capacity in just three days. The charity bib program is a great way for locked out runners to get back in the race and participate in this year’s sold out race. The program also adds to the race’s elite status by making it the first 15K in the country to add a charity running partner program.

“We are so honored that Make-A-Wish has been chosen as a charity partner with such a well know and sought after 15K road race. In addition, we know that many people who were locked out of the race are going to be thrilled with the opportunity to run the race and to raise money that will be used to grant magical wishes,” said Diane Kuppermann, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Central New York.

As part of its partnership, Make-A-Wish Central New York is also funding a new $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to one Utica area high school senior or recent graduate who has demonstrated a commitment to serving the community. In addition, Make-A-Wish Central New York will award a $1,000 prize to one male and one female runner who raise the most funds for the organization.

Incorporated in 1985, Make-A-Wish Central New York, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to granting special wishes to children between the ages of 2-1/2 and 18 who are living with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish has granted more than 1400 Wishes since its inception. In granting a favorite wish, Make-A-Wish strives to provide the wish child and family with extra-special memories of joy and laughter. A wish offers a welcome respite - a time for nothing, but fun!

Make-A-Wish continues to “bring the magic of a wish” to special Central New York kids because of the generous support of the central New York community both individuals and corporations throughout the fifteen county region it serves. The counties being served are: Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins.

For more information on Make-A-Wish and to learn how you can become involved, call (315) 475-WISH (9474) or (800) 846-WISH (9474) or email: Visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Dyana Smolen
PR / Communications Manager
5005 Campuswood Drive
East Syracuse, NY  13057

Phone : (315) 475-9474
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Make-A-Wish® Central New York
5005 Campuswood Drive
East Syracuse, NY 13057
(315) 475-9474
Toll Free (800) 846-9474