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Conine, Beinfest, McGillivray to participate in Samson's 50-mile charity run


Boston Marathon director Dave McGillivray, Marlins President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest and Mr. Marlin Jeff Conine are among 17 runners so far confirmed to join Marlins President David Samson on his 50-mile charity “Run to Honor the Workers” on April 27.

Samson will run 50 miles to raise funds in honor of the construction workers who made Marlins Park a reality. All of the proceeds raised will be donated to the 10 Charities of Choice. To date, the run has raised more than $500,000 through sponsor and individual donations.

The run will start at Atlantic Avenue and AIA in Pompano Beach (start time TBA) and conclude at home plate of Marlins Park prior to the 7:10 p.m. Marlins-Diamondbacks game. The run will consist of five-mile intervals dedicated to a specific Charity of Choice, with a runner representing that specific charity joining Samson for the five-mile leg.

“I am extremely thankful for the support of those who have decided to run with me, as I will surely be leaning on them to get me through the day,” said Samson. “I have a great opportunity to raise awareness and money for these very deserving causes, and being able to share this day with those men and women who made Marlins Park a reality is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I want to especially thank the sponsors and individual donors for their incredible generosity and for making such a positive impact in our community and around the world.”

Sponsors are Leon Medical Centers, Jeffrey H. Loria, Pepsi, Populous & Hunt/ Moss, Rose & Harry Samson Family and the Wasserman Media Group.

How to Donate:

Pledges can be made at marlins.com/samsonrun. Log on to the site and select one of 10 charities and the amount of the donation. If you have any questions about your donation please e-mail foundation@marlins.com

Charities of Choice and Designated Runners:

Jewish Federation of Broward County (Miles 0-5) - Larry Beinfest: President of Baseball Operations, Miami Marlins and finisher of the 2010 New York City Marathon.

Stand Up To Cancer (Miles 5-10) – Dave McGillivray: Race Director of the Boston Marathon since 1988. Dave successfully ran across the USA in 1978 and has raised millions of dollars for charity through his athletic achievements.

Challenged Athletes Foundation (Miles 10-15) – Sarah Reinertsen: First female leg amputee to complete the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona, Hawaii in 2005.

ALS Recovery Fund (Miles 15-20) – Jose Perez, Albert Perez & Allen Popowitz: Jose G. and Albert J. Perez have been raising money for the ALS Recovery Fund since 1997. After losing their father to ALS in 2001, they have continued their efforts and have raised over $3.3 million dollars for ALS Research… Popowitz serves on the Board of Directors for the ALS Association of the Greater New York Chapter and has run five marathons: four New York City Marathons and the latest was the 2009 Boston Marathon.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (Miles 20-25) – Michael Hill & John Silverman: Both Hill and Silverman are veteran marathoners having completed several with Samson including the 2009 Boston Marathon and 2010 New York City Marathon. Hill is Vice President, General Manager of the Miami Marlins and Silverman serves as the Marlins equipment manager.

The Miami Foundation – Miami Fellows Scholarships (Miles 25-30) – Javier Soto & P.J. Loyello: Soto is President of the Miami Foundation and has completed the Chicago and Boston Marathons… Loyello is the Marlins Sr. VP, Communications and Broadcasting and has run three marathons with Samson: Miami, Boston and NY City.

Miami Children’s Hospital (Miles 30-35) – Dr. M. Narendra Kini:
He is president/CEO of Miami Children’s Hospital.

University of Miami Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence (Miles 35-40) – Daryl Eisenberg, Tracy Nathanson & Allison Wallach: Eisenberg was diagnosed with MS 16 years ago and will run with her sisters Tracy, a veteran of 10 marathons, and Allison who has completed three marathons including the 2010 NYC Marathon with Samson.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (Miles 40-45) – Bret Parker: Serves as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Elizabeth Arden, Inc. A veteran of four New York City Marathons all run with Samson, Parker was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease five years ago and has been Samson’s closest friend for over 30 years. Parker publicly disclosed his condition today as part of his participation in this run.

Liga Contra el Cancer (Miles 45-50) – Jeff Conine & Hannah Samson: Conine is a former MLB great and is known around South Florida as “Mr. Marlin” for winning the 1997 & 2003 World Series with the Marlins. He has raised millions of dollars for the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and completed the Ironman Triathlon in Kona, HI in 2008. Hannah will proudly run by her father’s side for the toughest five miles of the day.

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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