Sean Penn charity to sponsor Haitian runners

Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, May 20, 2013, before the House subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing on Advocating for American Jacob Ostreichers Freedom after two years in Bolivian detention. Ostreicher was arrested in June 2011 by Bolivian police after it was alleged that he did business with "people wanted in their countries because of links with drug trafficking and money laundering." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 31, 2013 8:56:25 AM PDT
The Haiti humanitarian group for Hollywood star Sean Penn says it will sponsor five Haitian runners in the New York City Marathon in November.

Penn's J/P Haitian Relief Organization said Friday it will back the top three men and two women finishers running Sunday in a half-marathon in Port-au-Prince.

An executive for the group says the decision to help the Haitians compete was inspired in part by an Associated Press story in January about distance runner Astrel Clovis. He regularly runs through Port-au-Prince three years after an earthquake devastated the capital.

J/P HRO also has secured five more slots for celebrities and philanthropists who will participate in the Nov. 3 marathon to raise funds for the group.


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