Combs will enter the 2003 New York City Marathon, hoping to raise millions of
dollars for New York City children.
"I'm not in
it for the hype and publicity," Diddy said. "It's a personal challenge
for me, but most importantly, it's to benefit the kids. The AIDS epidemic in
our communities is real."
Combs has already
secured the backing of McDonald's, Nike, Foot Locker, Pinnacle Vitamins, MTV
and Yucaipa book publishing.
The proceeds will
go to various youth charities centered around heald and education, including
The Children's Hope Foundation (A.I.D.S./HIV) and Daddy's House Social Programs.
"My goal is
to raise one million and I plan to see the results of my philanthropic contributions,"
Diddy continued. "The kids deserve basic things in their schools and better
The 26.2 mile marathon
spans all five boroughs and five bridges throughout New York City and attracts
about 30,000 people. Runners start the race at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island
and cross the finish line in Central Park.
my part, I'm committed and I'm a man of my word," Diddy said.
In related Diddy
news, his Bad Boy label released the highly anticipated debut album from Da
Band, titled Too Hot For T.V., today.