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“P. Diddy” Combs named Athlete of the Week


Melvin Jackson II
Communications Coordinator
USA Track & Field
(317) 713-4670

INDIANAPOLIS – Sean “P. Diddy” Combs has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week for raising $2 million for charity by finishing the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday.

A first-time marathoner, P. Diddy finished with a net time of 4 hours, 14 minutes, 54 seconds, accomplishing his goal of bettering Oprah Winfrey’s marathon time of 4:29:20 she set at the 1994 Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. His performance raised $2 million for charitable causes, which was double the amount he had expected to raise. A native of Harlem, P. Diddy trained two months for the race and ran with an injured right knee.

Combs plans to split the money between New York City’s public school system, the Children's Hope Foundation and Daddy's House Social Programs, which are two children’s advocate groups. The entertainment mogul called his charity effort, “Diddy Runs the City.” Major donors to Combs’ cause included New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, rapper Jay-Z, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. "We set a bar and we crushed that bar,” said P. Diddy. “This is just a start. This wasn't a publicity stunt."

Combs’ efforts generated interest to thousands of kids about long distance running in bringing it to a new light due to his pre-marathon coverage through non-sporting and track & field media outlets.

Now in its third year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on the USATF website. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2003 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 7, J-Mee Samuels; January 14, Kevin Toth; January 21, Michelle Collins; January 28, Natasha Hastings; February 4, Regina Jacobs; February 11, Gail Devers; February 18, Terrence Trammell; February 25, James Davis; March 4, Stacy Dragila; March 11, Deena Drossin; March 18, Michelle Collins; March 25, Brenda Taylor; April 1, Deena Drossin; April 8, Shawn Crawford; April 15, Deena Drossin; April 22, Kevin Toth; April 29, Torri Edwards; May 6, Allyson Felix; May 13, Matt Hemingway; May 20, Bershawn Jackson; May 27, Tisha Waller; June 3, Sanya Richards; June 10, Tim Seaman; June 17, Daniel Lincoln; June 25, Kelli White; July 1, Grace Upshaw; July 8, Allen Johnson; July 15, Jason Richardson; July 22, Shalonda Solomon; July 30, Jamie Nieto; August 5, Bianca Knight; August 12, Kim Kreiner; August 19, Chryste Gaines; August 27, Kelli White; September 3, Allen Johnson; September 9, Sandra Glover; September 16, Gail Devers; September 22, Justin Gatlin; September 30, Eddy Hellbuyck; October 7, Blake Russell; October 14, Elva Dryer; October 21, Nick Bdera; October 28, Bradley Harkrader; November 4, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs.

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