Running to Breathe and Beat Cystic Fibrosis
A chilly but sunny spring morning welcomed nearly 4,700 runners to Central Park for the eighth annual Boomer’s Cystic Fibrosis Run to Breathe Brought to You by UnitedHealthcare.
Despite temperatures in the 30s, smiling volunteers were ready to get the day started. (Did you know that April is Volunteer Appreciation Month?)
Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, who was on hand to start the race, began his fight against cystic fibrosis when his son Gunnar was diagnosed with the disease in 1993.
Today, he gives hope to families in their own fight against CF.
First across the finish line at the four-mile event was David Saunders of New York Athletic Club in 20:51. Fiona Bayly of Urban Athletics was winner on the women’s side in 24:04.
One dollar of each race entry fee benefited the Boomer Esiason Foundation, and runners and their friends and families could learn more and make additional donations at the post-race festival. The foundation and Team Boomer celebrate living and breathing while encouraging people with cystic fibrosis to incorporate exercise into their everyday lives to help them breathe.