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Posted: February 16, 2009  :

(RWire) Athletics: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Women's Running Magazine Join Forces to Launch New All-Women Half-Marathon

Inaugural St. Petersburg event to take place November 21-22, 2009

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. and ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - (February 6, 2009) - The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and Women's Running magazine laud St. Petersburg city officials' announcement granting the two organizations permission to produce an all-women's half-marathon the weekend of November 21-22, 2009.

The event, Women's Running St. Pete Half Marathon to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, will draw women from across the country. It will be St. Petersburg's first women-only half-marathon. Participants can train to run or walk the half-marathon through LLS's Team In Training (TNT), the world's first, largest and best charity sports training program. With TNT, participants join a group of supportive teammates and get four to five months of training with certified coaches, and in return, they raise funds to support blood cancer research and patient services.

"We're excited to partner with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training," said Dawna Stone, President and Founder of Women's Running magazine. "Together, I believe we can grow the St. Pete Women's Half Marathon into the premier women's half-marathon."

The flat, fast race course will wind along the scenic downtown St. Petersburg waterfront, through quaint communities, past historic buildings and museums.

"The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society wants to thank the officials of St. Petersburg for granting us the opportunity to put on this great event," said Nancy Klein, Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer of LLS. "This will be an exciting weekend, giving participants the chance to take on an athletic challenge while also making a difference in the lives of thousands of people fighting blood cancer."

For more information, visit: www.LLS.org or WomensRunningMAG.COM

Ryan Lamppa, Running USA Media Director
(805) 696-6232; Fax = (805) 659-0016
Ryan@RunningUSA.org
www.RunningUSA.org.

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