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AKTIV Against Cancer Award

The AKTIV Against Cancer Award debuted in 2015. Through this event, AKTIV Against Cancer continues to honor the legacy of its co-founder, the late Grete Waitz. Grete was a firm believer in using physical activity as a platform to support her philanthropic efforts. This is something that remains an integral part of AKTIV Against Cancer's mission.

Each year, AKTIV Against Cancer recognizes a community member who demonstrates impactful philanthropic efforts through health and fitness. The AKTIV Against Cancer Award is traditionally held the week leading up to the New York City Marathon.

Meet the PAST Recipients

Meb Keflezighi - November 1, 2016

Photo: Charles G. McLaughlin

Photo: Charles G. McLaughlin

Meb Keflezighi is a competitive long-distance runner. In 2014, Meb became the only marathoner in history to win the Boston Marathon (2014), the New York City Marathon (2009), and an Olympic medal (2012, London - Silver). In 2010, he launched the Meb Foundation whose mission focuses on youth health, education, and fitness. 

2015 award recipient, Mary Wittenberg joined AKTIV Against Cancer Board Member, Jack Waitz, to present the award to Meb. Organizations in attendance included adidas AG, Polar, Tiffany & Co., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York Road Runners, JPMorgan Chase & Co., New York Athletic Association, Runner's World, United States Tennis Association, among others.


The event was co-chaired by Stuart Patchen and Barbara Paddock.

 

Mary Wittenberg - October 27, 2015

Photo: Charles G. McLaughlin

Photo: Charles G. McLaughlin

Mary Wittenberg, Global CEO of Virgin Sport, has deep ties to philanthropy. As the former President and Chief Executive Officer of New York Road Runners (NYRR), Mary expanded NYRR's community programs and oversaw the New York City Marathon, a vehicle that enabled nonprofit organizations to raise over $34M in 2015 alone. 

George Hirsch, Chairman of New York Road Runners and the TCS New York City Marathon, presented the award to Mary. Organizations in attendance included adidas AG, New York Road Runners, Tiffany & Co., Runner's World, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. 

The event was co-chaired by Stan Brajer and Mike McManus.