The Dan Kelly Ultra-Marathon
Today’s “Good News” entry may not be from Hoboken, but it’s from our big neighbor Jersey City – and hopefully could inspire our local city officials in some shape or form.
Jersey City official to run 130 miles to support school
THE DAN KELLY ULTRA-MARATHON
From Trump Plaza, Atlantic City to Trump Plaza, Jersey City, Dean of Guidance To Run 130 Miles to Raise Money for Famed St. Anthony High School.
From November 21-24, 2008, Dan Kelly, Dean of Guidance for the junior and senior classes at the famed Saint Anthony High School in Jersey City, NJ, will be going the extra mile – literally – for students. To help raise the $1.3 million needed each year to keep the doors at of St. Anthony open, Kelly will be running 130 miles over four days in The Dan Kelly Ultra-Marathon fundraiser.
The Dan Kelly Ultra-Marathon will begin at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City and end at Trump Plaza in Jersey City – an incredible 130 miles with four legs consisting of 20 miles on Friday, 40 miles on Saturday, 40 miles on Sunday and 30 miles on Monday. Individuals and businesses are invited to pledge per mile or in lump sum donations in support of The Dan Kelly Ultra-Marathon and his gift to Saint Anthony High School. Anyone wishing to make a donation may visit www.stanthonyhighschool.org.
Accompanied by police escorts and a support van, Kelly’s route will wind through a number of New Jersey cities beginning in Atlantic City and including along the way Absecon, Weekstown, Port Republic, Herman, Burlington, Roosevelt City, Lakehurst, South Amboy, Woodbridge and Newark before culminating in Jersey City where ten St. Anthony High School students will join him for the final mile leading to Trump Plaza Jersey City and a host of supporters and students alike.
Donald Trump has already committed $10,000 to the effort, which will be presented at the finish line by Billy Procida of William Procida, Inc., an Englewood Cliffs-based Financial Advisory Firm, and Metro Homes, LLC President Dean Geibel, who is a joint venture partner with The Trump Organization on Trump Plaza Jersey City, the tallest residential building in New Jersey which features 55 stories and 444 luxury condominium homes.
Also at the finish line will be legendary basketball coach Bobby Hurley who will be signing free copies of the book inspired by his story, “The Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season with Bob Hurley and Basketball’s Most Improbable Dynasty,” authored by Adrian Wojnarowski. Terry Dehere, former NBA player and St. Anthony alum, will also be on hand to greet fans and congratulate Kelly, whose sneakers for the run will be donated by The Ridgewood Running Company, of Ridgewood, NJ.
St. Anthony High School’s nationally recognized Friars basketball team has won 3 national championships, 25 state titles (the most in the nation) and is coming off a 32-0 season finishing No. 1 in the country. Its legendary coach, Bob Hurley, Sr. was awarded his second USA Today Coach of the Year honor. Known for excellence in academics as well as athletics, the school has had an impressive 100% college admission rate for the past 15 years.
Wow – Saint Anthony’s only needs $1.3 million to keep it’s doors open, and they have a 100% college admission rate! Way to go!