Sean Penn to support Half-marathon winners to New York City Marathon

Haiti held a very rare half-marathon on Sunday, June 9. Among the participants was the charity of Sean Penn, the Hollywood actor. The top five finishers of the half-marathon will be sent to ING New York City Marathon to be held on November 3. These five people will be sponsored by J/P Haitian Relief Organization of Sean Penn. However, this sponsorship is yet to get approval from Haitian Amateur Athletics Federation. League's president Alain Jean-Pierre that the sponsorship would probably be approved by June 10, Monday.


A January story from Associated Press probably stemmed the decision of sponsoring the runners. A distance runner from Haiti was featured in the story. The runner actually represented the hardship that many Haitians in Port-au-Prince continue to deal with even after 3 years of the devastating earthquake that shattered Haiti in 2010.

The organizers of the half-marathon race that the first spot was taken by Astrel Clovis who finishing time was 1:19. He was the winner among more than a 100 runners who registered for the race.

10 spots have been secured by J/P Haitian Relief Organization of Sean Penn for the November 3 marathon to be held at New York City. Of these 10 posts, 5 are for the top five runners (including 3 men and 2 women) and remaining 5 are for the philanthropists and celebrities who are helping the J/P HRO to raise funds. It is also reported that sponsors will be secured by J/P HRO to cover visa fees, airfare and lodging for these Haitian runners. The J/P HRO group will also be supporting the Haitian runners as it will be training with Amateur Athletics Federation for the New York marathon.

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