CDPHP® Secures Lead Sponsorship of Workforce Team Challenge

Albany, NY (Vocus) January 26, 2010

The Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club (HMRRC) of Albany announced today that CDPHP® has signed on as the new lead sponsor of the Workforce Team Challenge for a three-year term. Billed as the largest annual road race between Utica and New York City, this year’s challenge will take place on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

“CDPHP is excited to work with the HMRRC and serve as the new sponsor of the Workforce Team Challenge event,” said John D. Bennett, MD, president and CEO, CDPHP. “This event aligns with our goals as a community-based health and wellness company. We encourage other businesses, large and small, to join us for the biggest road race in the Capital Region and enjoy the many health benefits and camaraderie that embracing physical fitness can bring.”

The CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge is a 3.5-mile road race open to teams of employees from corporations, businesses, government agencies, educational institutions, not-for-profit corporations, and financial institutions. Last year’s event attracted upwards of 7,700 runners/walkers encompassing 432 participating organizations. Employers use the event as a platform to provide health and fitness opportunities in the workplace while promoting goodwill and teamwork among their employees. Runners, joggers, and walkers are invited to compete and all participants receive a complementary T-shirt and light refreshments following the race.

The event is organized by, and serves as the major fundraiser for, HMRRC, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that was incorporated in 1971 and is one of the largest running clubs in the nation, with more than 2,000 members throughout the Capital Region. Since 1981, this fundraiser has helped to underwrite HMRRC’s many activities and services, including scholarships to college-bound high school seniors, grants for youth running programs, seminars and clinics for runners, 30 other local running events throughout the year, and a monthly running magazine, The Pacesetter.

“The Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club is delighted to partner with CDPHP to host the Workforce Team Challenge,” noted Pete Newkirk, the event’s director. “Our mission statements are uniquely aligned: Our club is dedicated to endorsing running and walking as part of a healthy lifestyle, while CDPHP is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and has long been a strong community supporter.”

Each year, HMRRC selects a “charity of choice” and encourages sponsors and participants in the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge to add a contribution to their race fee. This year’s charity is the Boys & Girls Club of Albany.

“As the needs of our community grow, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany remains poised to answer the call of the youth who need us most. Thousands of children depend on us,” said Keyon L. Young, executive director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany. “We depend on the business and philanthropic communities to support our mission, and are delighted that CDPHP and HMRRC have chosen to help us enable and inspire our members to realize their full potential as productive and responsible citizens.”

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls from age 5 to 20 by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging, and influence. Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow — all while having fun. Visit Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany.

About the Hudson-Mohawk Road Runners Club

The Hudson-Mohawk Road Runners Club is the Albany area’s largest running organization. The club was formed in 1971 and today has more than 2,000 members who come in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life, as well as different running styles and speeds. Members are united in their love of running and desire to promote and participate in quality races and running-related activities. The club organizes nearly 30 running events a year at many different locations throughout the Capital District. These events offer something for everyone, novice and veteran alike. Visit HMRRC.

About CDPHP®

CDPHP has served as a strong corporate citizen, assisting hundreds of community organizations throughout its extensive service area. CDPHP has been recognized nationally and regionally with awards and honors by many organizations for its corporate citizenship, health and wellness programs, and its diverse health insurance products.

Established in 1984 as a physician-founded and guided health plan, CDPHP and its affiliates currently serve members in 24 counties throughout New York with a full family of products. In the latest results from U.S. News & World Report/NCQA America’s Best Health Insurance Plans 2009-10*, CDPHP garnered the three highest-rated commercial plan rankings in New York state, as well as a rating among the top 10 health plans in the nation for its Medicare and Medicaid programs. Visit CDPHP.

*U.S. News & World Report/NCQA America’s Best Health Insurance Plans 2009-10. “America’s Best Health Insurance Plans” is a trademark of U.S. News & World Report.


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