McIntosh Apple Variety Takes Stage At NYC Marathon

The McIntosh apple variety has been designated the official apple of the 2013 ING New York City Marathon. The New York Apple Association (NYAA) will provide more than 90,000 McIntosh apples for the marathon and related events.

“This is a natural fit for us because New York is famous for our marathon and our apples, especially McIntosh,” said NYAA President Jim Allen. “To top it off, apples are a great post-exercise food because they are loaded with fiber, vitamins, and phytonutrients. The pectin in apples slows release of the apple’s natural sugars, refueling muscles without a sugar spike.”

Fundraising To Support Webster Firefighters, Feeding America

NYAA chose to support The Webster NY Fire Department and Feeding America charities because of their links to the New York state community.

The Webster, NY, Fire Department suffered tragedy on Christmas Eve last year when two firefighters were killed and two were injured in an ambush.

Feeding America member food banks in New York state and other affected areas helped feed victims of Hurricane Sandy after its storm surge hit here on Oct. 29, 2012. NYAA provided more than 200,000 apples to support that effort.

“Both of these disasters unfolded right in our backyard, and both groups were at their Ground Zeros, so we are honored to thank them in this small way,” said NYAA’s Allen. “Our growers lost much of their livelihoods to bad weather last year too, we could certainly identify with Sandy’s victims.”

To donate, visit NYAA’s CrowdRise page at www.crowdrise.com/applecountrynycmarathon. For more information about the West Webster Firemen’s Association fund, visit www.westwebsterfd.org. For more information about Feeding America, visit www.feedingamerica.org.

NYAA’s Sponsorship Includes Providing Apples, Hosting Runners

Fundraising is just one of the ways that NYAA is celebrating this year’s marathon. As a Supporting Sponsor, the association will also provide 90,680 McIntosh apples to be distributed to marathon finishers on Nov. 3, as well as at for the Poland Spring Marathon Kick-off, the Marathon Eve Dinner, and the Dash to the Finish Line 5K race.

NYAA is encouraging participants to “Munch a McIntosh” by supplying apples, and by advertising in the race’s runner handbook, check-in goodie bag, event program, and race results edition. To follow NYAA’s marathon-related activities, like the association’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nyapples.

NYAA also receives guaranteed race entries as part of its sponsorship, which the association in turn makes available to first responders and military personnel. Since 2001, NYAA has sponsored more than 80 runners.

“We are glad to have this opportunity to give back to our community, support a healthy event and talk up our state’s great apples at the same time,” said Allen.

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