AfterShokz Partners with United Relay of America to Make Running History

As the global corporate partner, AfterShokz is committed to helping the event's organizers hit their $1.5M fundraising goal by the end of June 2016.

12 Feb, 2016, 13:00 ET from AfterShokz

EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y., Feb. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AfterShokz, the headphone brand known for its patented bone conduction technology and safe open ear listening experience, is proud to announce their partnership with the United Relay of America, the world's first triple-route coast-to-coast nonstop running relay. Runners who want to make a difference for communities across the globe will set off from Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and meet in New York City, carrying three batons nearly 12,000 miles in the three unbroken chains. In the process, awareness and an estimated $1.5 million will be raised to support the coalition of charities partnered with the We Are Here Movement and local children's hospitals across the nation.

 

Lasting just over five weeks from start to finish, the relay is geared to all types of runners, from the complete novice to the more experienced athlete. The finale in New York City's Prospect Park will celebrate the achievements of participants and the unity of the three relays coming together in support of a multitude of causes.

Bruce Borenstein, AfterShokz president and CEO explained the key reasoning behind the affiliation: "Other than doing our part to raise awareness and give back, we're furthering our mission to keep people safe! Most organized runs take place on closed courses, but the United Relay of America's three legs will take an estimated 9,000 runners on roadside courses, during all hours and conditions—a situation that could be potentially unsafe. Our involvement will ensure participants are aware of their surroundings as they run—with their ears open—as they pass the batons, day and night, joined together in their causes."

Runners can claim a leg of the relay individually or as a team on the United Relay of America website (www.unitedrelay.org). On sign up, runners are given a complete breakdown of the event, advice on what route to take and how to fundraise effectively. Their personal profile enables them to receive sponsorship as well as, most importantly, supplying a framework for an online runner community for participants to interact and find like-minded people.

This event is more than a project of passion for James Hay, United Relay of America Director. "The United Relay of America aims to inspire, empower and connect people across the nation—to not only be a part of running history, but also be united for a better world," he said.

Fast facts:

  • Between the three unbroken chains, an estimated 9,000 runners will run over 1,200 stages in 39 days totaling 12,000 miles across 33 states!
  • Set off points and dates: Seattle on April 27, San Francisco on May 4 and Los Angeles on May 8. The three relay routes span from the west to the east coast, uniting at Prospect Park, New York City on June 4, 2016.
  • Registered runners and supporters will receive an exclusive 20% discount on safe, bone conduction headphones from AfterShokz. Plus, 5% of every purchase made will be donated to the United Relay of America Fund through June 2016.
  • 100% of United Relay of America Fund proceeds go directly to the charities.

Media interested in a sample of Trekz Titanium should contact Jayme Schwartz.

About AfterShokz
AfterShokz brings patented bone conduction technology, initially developed for military special operations and law enforcement by Voxtech in 2001, to sport and Bluetooth® headphones designed and priced for everyday use. Through a suite of proprietary audio technologies and the only completely open ear design, AfterShokz headphones deliver premium stereo sound and a promise of safety and comfort that is second to none. Since its inception in 2011, the company has been committed to innovating unconventionally and making situational awareness a priority. Learn more about how the brand inspires users to #beopen at aftershokz.com.

About The United Relay of America
The United Relay of America is an initiative of Concern Universal, the respected international not-for-profit delivering justice, dignity and respect for all. As the world's first triple-route coast-to-coast nonstop running relay, The United Relay of America aims to inspire, empower and connect and unite people for a better world. Funds raised help support local children's hospitals, as well as the coalition of charities partnered with the We Are Here Movement to provide youth education, improve healthcare, fight huger, end gender discrimination and provide a safe home for orphans. Those who want to make a difference for communities across the globe will set off from Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and meet in New York City, carrying three batons over 10,000 miles in three unbroken chains of runners.

AfterShokz inquiries: Jayme Schwartz | jayme@social4media.com | +1 (908) 692-2254
United Relay of America: Laura Deakins | laura.deakins@unitedrelay.org

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