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Energy Company Provides Sponsorship, Volunteers for City's First Running Festival

June 11, 2014 – With renowned running clubs such as the Central Massachusetts Striders – one of the largest elite running groups in the Northeast – and many popular local road races, Worcester is a hotbed of running culture, and yet the city has never hosted its own running festival. That all changes this weekend, as thousands of runners and volunteers converge on the city for the first Worcester Running Festival, highlighted by a National Grid-sponsored half marathon on Sunday, June 15. The race starts at 7 a.m. in the heart of downtown Worcester.

“The enthusiasm and dedication surrounding the running festival is a great reminder that our customers are the real source of power in the Worcester community,” said Marcy Reed, president of National Grid in Massachusetts. “We are glad to continue our partnership with the city of Worcester and proud of the National Grid employees and other volunteers who are making these races possible.”

Dozens of National Grid employee volunteers, as well as local girl scout troops, the Worcester Public Schools crew team, the Dudley Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society and many others, will staff race packet pickups at the Worcester Sustainability Hub at 912 Main St., hand out drinks and snacks to runners and provide other support to ensure that the race is a fun family event.

Half marathon participants will include a wide range of runners, from the experts of the Central Massachusetts Striders to more casual runners from the Worcester YMCA’s multi-sport team, who have been training hard for more than four months. Race organizers have designed a very fast course that will make for a rewarding, enjoyable half marathon for everyone.

The running festival also is aligned with the new Greater Worcester Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), a strategy to make Worcester the healthiest city in New England by the year 2020. To learn more about the Worcester Running Festival, please click here, and for more information about CHIP, please click here.

On race day, National Grid also encourages runners to join the company in supporting Jeremiah’s Inn, a local non-profit organization devoted to transforming the lives of people impacted by addiction, hunger and homelessness through innovative programs that celebrate the diversity and inherent worth of all individuals. National Grid will be on the Worcester Common accepting donations of non-perishable food items to help jump start Jeremiah's 20th annual food drive to help local families in need. For more information about Jeremiah’s Inn, please click here.

About National Grid

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid holds a vital position at the center of the energy system and it ‘joins everything up’.

In the northeast US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country. 

National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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