NewRo Runners Covid-19 Fundraiser


Erik Reitinger, of Orchard Street Runners, crushing a 13.1 in 1:12:25 (!) on March 26th while wearing a face mask and, uhh, crop top. Reitinger finished 3rd at P2P in 2017 and 4th in 2019. Photo by Joe DiNoto.

I wish I knew when this awful movie was going to end. But I don’t.  And I don’t like being in it every day. Nobody does.

Our start and finish lines were both within the original one mile Containment Zone established here in New Rochelle back on March 10th — a lifetime ago measured in COVID-years. 

I write to you with two bits of news: One is small, one is big.

The small one:  Paine to Pain registration usually opens on Earth Day, April 22nd.  It won’t this year. I have no idea what the fall will bring.

You are likely not surprised.  We will reevaluate in a month. In the big scheme of life, this is small news. 

The bigger news: P2P has raised money over the years. In 2018 I realized that the trails were, frankly, in radically different condition than when we started. Which is to say they were great.

And that left us with $$$ to put toward local charitable purposes other than the trails. 

We now have our first charitable endeavor:  For many years we’ve had Montefiore / New Rochelle help us at our finish line. 

 And now we get to help them back. NewRo Runners, my running club that puts on this race, will buy food from local restaurants to supply overworked healthcare workers at Montefiore. 

We also hope to donate to other southern Westchester hospitals and first responders. It depends on how much we can raise.

We have set up a Donate button on our race registration page here:  Donate.  (Since NewRo Runners is a non-profit 501(c)(3) you’ll get a donation receipt for the tax man.)

In one shot, we help both the healthcare workers on the front lines and hard hit local businesses.

And for every dollar you donate, we will match it 1-for-1 up to a total of $5,000 $10,000. If you can give, please do. 

They have volunteered for us. Now it’s our turn to volunteer for them. Please donate.

— Eric Turkewitz, Race Director