The Friendly Sons is pleased to announce that Eagle Industries are the Presenting Sponsors for this year’s event. [visit Eagle Industries website]
The following is an Eagle Industries press release concerning the sponsorship decision:
New Bedford Half Marathon – March 15th 2009
Eagle Industries is proud to be the premier sponsor for the New Bedford Half Marathon taking place Sunday March 15th 2009. This year will be the 32nd annual running of the New Bedford Half Marathon. This historic race starts in front of City Hall Square and takes the runners on a scenic and challenging run through city streets closed to automotive traffic throughout the entire 13.1-mile course. The race showcases much of what New Bedford has to offer, runners pass historic mansions owned by Whaling Captains of the 18th and 19th century as well as two City parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The runners will face a strong and punishing head wind and be rewarded for that with a forgiving tailwind as they head out and return on the Peninsula of West and East Rodney French Boulevard as they pass the Historic Ft. Rodman / Ft. Taber waterfront stronghold. This race is more than a historic look at the city, this is a world-class half marathon and positioned each year on the third Sunday of March, it is a great speed-training race for the Boston Marathon, which follows in April on Patriots Day in Boston.
This year’s race is recognized by USA Track and Field New England as a Grand Prix series event. The 7 race Grand Prix series brings 500+ members of USA T&F recognized clubs to the field of runners, which helps elevate the level of competition and increase the exposure of this storied event.
Another item of importance in the 2009 race is the involvement of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. This all-volunteer non-profit community service organization has agreed to take over the race and act as a steward of the event for the community. Proceeds from the race will help the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick increase the amount of goodwill they are able to share in the local community. As an organization their focus is on spreading the pride of their Irish heritage along with community services including blood bank drives, Food for the needy, Scholarships to local high school seniors among many other activities. The Friendly Sons were honored to be selected to replace the founding members of the race committee and look forward to maintaining the quality and consistency that thousands of runners and spectators have come to expect over the last three decades.
Founded as a sewing company in a basement in Missouri, Eagle Industries remains family-owned and has grown over the past 30 years to five production facilities employing over 2,400 people. Eagle’s ability to design and manufacture top quality products for our military and first responders has earned the company a reputation as a world leader in highly technical nylon gear. This consistent growth in an otherwise struggling U.S. manufacturing industry has allowed Eagle to continue to expand its operations and provide new employment opportunities in all of its facilities.
Eagle acquired the manufacturing facility in New Bedford, MA in November of 2007. The company implemented major improvements to working conditions within the plant, provided a wage increase to all workers and has hired more than 50 new employees over the past year. In an uncertain economy, Eagle has provided job stability to hundreds of workers in New Bedford. Eagle is excited to be in New Bedford, and forging good working relationships within the community.
“Our experience in New Bedford has been outstanding.” Said Scott Carver, Eagle Vice-President. “The city of New Bedford, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Congressional delegation have given us incredible support. We have found a workforce here in New Bedford that is second to none. Eagle has been seeking ways to increase our involvement in the community and is pleased to work with the Sons of St. Patrick by sponsoring the New Bedford Half Marathon. We believe it is a significant event for the city that helps attract people from all over the region to see the unique natural and historic assets of this area and we look forward to a great race.”