J.R. Martinez will start in last place for the 2012 ING New York City Marathon
Almost every runner has a story about why they are running. A lot of athletes take on a cause bigger than themselves to help motivate their performance. This year J.R. Martinez will be running to make a difference in children’s lives. Martinez, a U.S. Army Veteran and Former “Dancing with the Stars” Champion will start the NYC marathon in last place with Timex donating $1 to charity for every runner Martinez passes. Best known for his role on ABC’s daytime drama All My Children as combat veteran Brot Monroe and as the season 13 winner of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”, J.R. is also recognized for his work as a motivational speaker. He began his motivational speaking career after being severely burned on 34 percent of his body while deployed in Iraq. Since then, Martinez has traveled the country spreading his message of resilience and optimism to thousands of people. Timex and Martinez will work together to support New York Road Runners (NYRR) Youth Programs, which currently serves more than 100,000 children in hundreds of schools and community centers nationwide, promoting health and fitness, character development and personal achievement in underserved communities. Timex will donate $1 to NYRR’s Youth Programs. The campaign will also raise money through the fundraising network Crowdrise.com, where fans can go to support the charity’s efforts.
“I have learned to embrace every challenge and I am especially excited to train for the ING New York City Marathon.” Martinez said. “As a motivational speaker, I want to continue to spread the message that you can accomplish anything that you put your mind to. I’m excited that together, Timex and I will make an impact on the lives of children benefitting from NYRR Youth Programs.” Fans can follow Martinez’s progress and view his TIMEX® GPS training logs on the TIMEX Sports Facebook Page, as well as @TIMEXSports and @iamjrmartinez on Twitter.
We will be cheering for you J.R.
An additional inspirational story from J.R. about his connection with his sponsor for this event:
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