The All-Star Weekend fun came to Prospect Park Saturday morning with a 5K run, an event that raised money for a cause near and dear to New Yorkers. NY1's Erin Clarke filed the following report.
Baseball fans and runners alike took off Saturday with inspiration from Major League Baseball, pounding the pavement for a cause near and dear to many New Yorkers.
"I was running for Sandy relief today," said Vivian Waddick, the first-place women's finisher. "My boyfriend and I, we were able to raise over $3,400.
The MLB All-Star Fun Run and 5K has taken place for the past five years in every city that hosts the All-Star Game. Proceeds from each race benefit a different charity.
This year, the league thought it would be fitting to donate the money to people still picking up the pieces after Hurricane Sandy.
"We want to bring attention to the plight of the folks who still need help," said Tim Brosnan, executive vice president of business with Major League Baseball. "So there's not only the money going from all the registrations here and from a $1 million donation from Major League Baseball, but it's the platform that'll bring awareness back to the fact that there's a lot of people in the tri-state area that still need our help and attention."
People like Alicia Barreto, who is putting the storm and its devastation behind her and pacing forward.
"I'm still fixing the house but getting there. It's great," she said.
Cheering her on along the way were MLB mascots and baseball greats.
"I have a lot of friends and family who were hurt by the storm, and this is very dear to me," said former Mets relief pitcher John Franco. "And it seems like if a New Yorker can come together and grab a bunch of, 8,000, 9,000 fellow New Yorkers to come together and try to raise money for families that are still in need."
In total, Major League Baseball donated $1 million plus proceeds from the race to storm victims. Top fundraisers earned a chance to win prizes, including tickets to All-Star events.
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