Spring Fling Participants Groove Past Finish Line and Make a Difference

Set upon the shimmering backdrop of the “blue purple yellow red water” of the Hudson River, theater enthusiasts ran and walked April 6, 2024, in the second edition of the NYCRUNS Spring Fling 5K & 10K in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

More than 2,000 participants gathered on NYC’s Governor’s Island for the latest Broadway Run event. Among the runners were 180 passionate fundraisers who raised a spectacular $86,013 for Broadway Cares.

The course included stellar views of the Statue of Liberty, Lower Manhattan and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The impact of the event reached throughout New York City and across the country through the nutritious meals, medication and health care being provided by the fundraising.

The fundraisers featured theater fans, actors, stagehands, musicians and stage managers, including teams representing Broadway’s The Book of Mormon, Days of Wine and Roses and Spamalot.

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Company’s Bruce Sabath was the top individual fundraiser, raising $4,056. He was followed by Nick Mayo with $1,775; Zena Kaufman with $1,686; Sarah Cardillo with $1,425; and Sierra Gamble with $1,409.

The top team was from Mark Fisher Fitness, a Hell’s Kitchen institution beloved in the performing arts community, which also hosted a whimsical pre-race warmup. Runners up were teams representing the Broadway Cares staff, TodayTix, Days of Wine and Roses and Broadway media agency AKA.

The race began with a show-stopping performance of the national anthem from Days of Wine and Roses’ Nicole Ferguson, who then jumped in to complete the 5K race.

Photos by Angela of York and Martha Magliula

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