Run series was third annual event for San Antonio-based CST Brands
(SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS) — CST Brands, a Fortune 500 convenience chain based in San Antonio and parent company of Corner Store, concluded its third annual 10-city 5K race series called the Corner Store Country Run in San Antonio on Saturday.
The Country Run raised a net total of $1.46 million for Big Brothers Big Sisters in the U.S. and Canada and local children’s charities in each of the ten race markets. Revenue was raised from participant registrations, sponsors such as Aquafina, Coca-Cola, Valero and Dr. Pepper/Snapple, and Corner Store customers who donated at the register in participating locations. For a full list of sponsors, visit CornerStoreRun.com/sponsors.
On Saturday, Corner Store CEO Kim Lubel presented a check for $790,000 to representatives from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the world’s largest donor and volunteer-supported mentoring network. An additional $450,000 will go to various children’s charities in each market. In Canada, the run raised $235,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Montreal and other charitable causes.
“For the past three years, thousands of people have participated in a Corner Store Country Run,” said Pam Iorio, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. “We are grateful for our partnership with CST, which gives people the opportunity to support the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters through a fun, engaging event.”
The first Country Run kicked off in Montreal, Quebec on June 18 and ended in San Antonio on Saturday, stopping along the way in Denver, Lehigh Valley, Syracuse, Little Rock, Fort Worth, Round Rock, Phoenix, and Katy. From beginning to end, the series attracted more than 30,000 registrations and generated more than 312,000 impressions on social media with the official #CountryRun2016 hashtag.
The course was farm-themed with hay bales, tractors and giant inflatable cows, pigs and chickens, and participants dressed in Western wear, overalls and cowboy hats. After the race, participants were treated to a free country fair with live music, beer garden, food, carnival games and giveaways.
“At Corner Store, we believe in contributing to the communities and neighborhoods where we live and work,” said Kim Lubel, CEO of CST Brands, the parent company of Corner Store. “The Country Run has been a huge success in its third year, and we are we thrilled to be raising money for so many great causes.”
This year, Corner Store chose 14 employees to serve as Wellness Warriors for their geographic location, equipping them with a Fitbit and a fitness coach to help them lead a healthier lifestyle. The company brought all 14 Warriors from around the nation to San Antonio to run in the final 5K of the series.
Official Event Hashtag: #CountryRun2016
About CST Brands and Corner Store:
CST Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CST), a Fortune 500 Company, is one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America. Based in San Antonio, Texas, CST employs over 14,000 Team Members at approximately 1,900 locations throughout the Southwestern United States, New York and Eastern Canada offering a broad array of convenience merchandise, beverages, snacks and fresh food. In the U.S., CST Corner Stores proudly sell fuel and signature products such as Fresh Choices baked and packaged goods, U Force energy and sport drinks, Cibolo Mountain coffee, FC Soda and Flavors2Go fountain drinks. In Canada, CST is the exclusive provider of Ultramar fuel and its Dépanneur du Coin and Corner Stores sell signature Transit Café coffee and pastries. CST also owns the general partner of CrossAmerica Partners LP, a master limited partnership, and wholesale distributor of fuels, based in Allentown, Pennsylvania. For more information about CST, please visit www.cstbrands.com.
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About Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Big Brothers Big Sisters ensures that the children in its program achieve such measurable outcomes as educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 111-year history. With over 300 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 170,000 children (“Littles”), their families and 170,000 volunteer mentors (“Bigs”). Learn more at www.bbbs.org.