The Martin Richard Foundation, in partnership with the Boston Bruins Foundation, New Balance and DMSE Sports, announces Second Annual MR8K – a run for gratitude

August 2, 2019


BOSTON, MA – The Martin Richard Foundation, in partnership with the Boston Bruins Foundation, New Balance and DMSE Sports, today announced plans for the second annual MR8K – A Run for Gratitude to be held on Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2019 at Warrior Ice Arena at Boston Landing in Brighton, the practice facility of the Boston Bruins. Registration is now open at BostonBruins.com/MR8K

To reflect the spirit of the Martin Richard Foundation, the theme of the MR8K will again be a ‘Run for Gratitude’. Runners will have the opportunity to join Team MR8 as part of the 2019 MR8K team, joining hundreds of runners from across the country and around the world who fundraise for the Foundation and act as ambassadors advancing the Foundation’s values of sportsmanship, inclusion, kindness and peace.

“The MR8K is an opportunity to bring the community together and express gratitude for people and organizations who selflessly serve others. This year, we are so excited to also be welcoming new runners to the Team MR8 family,” said Terri Ladka, Executive Director of the Martin Richard Foundation. “Our inaugural MR8K exceeded all expectations, and we can’t wait to welcome participants to Warrior Ice Arena for what is sure to be another memorable experience for runners, walkers and para-athletes of all ages and abilities.”

Produced by DMSE Sports, Inc., the 5-mile course will take place in and around Warrior Ice Arena at Boston Landing. More than 2,000 people participated in last year’s inaugural event at TD Garden, which resulted in a $100,000 donation to McLean Hospital’s LEADER program to support first responders.

“New Balance and NB Development Group are proud to welcome the second annual MR8K to Warrior Ice Arena at Boston Landing in support of the Martin Richard Foundation’s important mission to promote volunteerism and community engagement around sportsmanship, unity and kindness,” said Amy Dow, Director of Government Affairs & Public Relations for New Balance.

Registration is $45, with proceeds benefiting the Martin Richard Foundation. Participants who choose to fundraise and commit to raise a minimum of $300 for the Foundation will receive free entry into the race and a limited edition 2019 MR8K Team MR8 race shirt. The event is open to runners, walkers and para-athletes of all abilities, as well as families with small children.

About the Martin Richard Foundation

The Martin Richard Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation that helps young people to learn, grow and lead through volunteerism and community engagement. The Foundation mobilizes young people to bring peace, justice and kindness to their own communities through its Bridge Builder grant program; supports inclusive athletics through its Challenger Sports program; puts books that promote kindness and inclusion in the hands of students who may not otherwise have access; and challenges its robust volunteer network to do more through year-round service opportunities. The Martin Richard Foundation also administers a three-tiered grant program that recognizes the critical work of local organizations that align with its mission. Learn more about the Foundation, its programs and partners at MartinRichardFoundation.org.

About the Boston Bruins Foundation

The Boston Bruins Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists charitable organizations that demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children and their families throughout New England. We focus on organizations that are concentrated on academics, athletics, community outreach, and health and wellness. The Foundation believes that these pillars will create a strong support system that will ultimately lead to the betterment of our community.

About New Balance Athletics

New Balance, headquartered in Boston, MA has the following mission: Demonstrating responsible leadership, we build global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. Manufactured in the U.S. for over 75 years and representing a limited portion of our U.S. sales, New Balance Made U.S. is a premium collection that contains a domestic value of 70% or greater. New Balance owns five factories in New England and one in Flimby, U.K. New Balance employs more than 6,000 associates around the globe, and in 2018 reported worldwide sales of $4.1 billion. To learn more about New Balance, please visit www.newbalance.com;press please visit http://newbalance.newsmarket.com.

 About Boston Landing

Boston Landing is a mixed-use development encompassing approximately 15 acres of land along the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston’s Brighton neighborhood.  Located along Guest Street, the property is a former industrial area that once served as the region’s largest stockyard. The revitalization of this development will turn the area into a vibrant 21st century destination for like-minded companies, with a focus on work/life balance. Boston Landing’s vision is to create a state-of-the-art development that complements the existing neighborhood fabric through the creation of new office space, retail stores, restaurants, and sports-related uses. Boston Landing is currently home to the New Balance World Headquarters, the Boston Bruins Practice and Training Facility, The Celtics Practice and Training Facility located at the Auerbach Center and companies such as Bose, Roche Diagnostics, Proteostasis and SmartLabs.

 About DMSE Sports

DMSE Sports is a full-service event-management organization, providing a full range of event and race production, management, and consulting services to support events of all sizes. Dave McGillivray and his team at DMSE Sports are responsible for the technical and logistical aspects of more than 30 races and walks per year. From overseeing organizing committees to working with local officials and handling registration, credentialing, lead vehicles, and course set up, DMSE Sports does it all. The firm has produced more than 1,000 events since opening its doors in 1981 and serves clients throughout the United States.