The San Francisco 49ers and Golden Heart Fund announced on Tuesday the second installment of the 49ers Golden Heart Run. The event will be held at Levi's Stadium on Sunday, November 18th and will feature a 4.9K fan run, a junior run and — new for this year — a 13-lap half marathon around the home of the San Francisco 49ers. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Golden Heart Fund to provide funding support and relief for alumni players in time of physical, mental, and financial crisis.
Each race will conclude on the 49-yard line with a post-run party and expo that will feature music and food, and provide runners and non-runners alike with the opportunity to meet 49ers alumni.
"I am honored to continue to support such an important event that will better the lives of my 49ers family," said Roger Craig, 49ers Hall of Famer and 49ers Golden Heart Run grand marshal. "Last year's inaugural race benefitting former teammates was an overwhelming success and I look forward to seeing familiar and new faces out on the course this year."
Last year's inaugural run benefitting the Golden Heart Fund saw more than 1,000 members of the Faithful participate to support 49ers alumni.
"The 49ers organization is extremely proud to host the Golden Heart Run at Levi's Stadium for the second straight year," said 49ers CEO Jed York. "The run is one of the most family-friendly events we produce each year, and it provides us a tremendous opportunity to come together with our fans to raise funds and awareness for 49ers alumni in-need. We're excited to welcome the Faithful back to the stadium again this year to support the Golden Heart Fund and the players they have so passionately cheered for over the years."
Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr. and the York family each pledged one million dollars to launch the Golden Heart Fund in 2016 and continue to support the mission to care for 49ers alumni with one-half of proceeds from the sale of all 49ers Museum tickets going to the fund. The fund provides relief for disadvantaged and distressed former players and their families nationwide, including but not limited to supporting both mental and physical health issues, disaster relief, and personal financial hardship.
The Golden Heart Fund is directed by an alumni board consisting of offensive tackle Harris Barton, defensive end Dwaine Board, linebacker Ron Ferrari, tight end Brent Jones, linebacker Gary Plummer, and Pro Football Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott who helped to spearhead the initiative and laid the groundwork through his All Stars Helping Kids Foundation.
For more information on the 49ers Golden Heart Run, please visit: https://goldenheartrun.com.