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Posted: March 5, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: Team McGraw Gets Set to Strike Music City

"Bowling for Brains" Warm-Up Party to Kickoff Charity Efforts

Nashville, Tenn. (March 5, 2009) – The Tug McGraw Foundation (TMF), founded in honor of legendary pitcher Tug McGraw to fund quality of life research on behalf of brain tumor patients, today announced its return to the Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon on Saturday, April 25. Team McGraw, an endurance sports training program that raises money and increases awareness for the Foundation, will host a warm-up party to celebrate its marathon runners Friday, April 24 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Tusculum Lanes in Nashville, The bowling party is open to all Country Music Marathon and ½ marathon runners. Tickets can be purchased online at www.tugmcgraw.org for $10 to $25.

"We are grateful to the Competitor Group and all the athletes who have joined Team McGraw and devoted their efforts to quality of life awareness and research for brain tumor patients," said country superstar Tim McGraw, honorary chairman of the Tug McGraw Foundation. "Kicking off our 2009 season here in Nashville with the Country Music Marathon and ½ Marathon is a thrill, and we are excited to see so many dedicated new runners joining our running alumni to take on Music City."

Runners will not want to miss this exciting event to celebrate with Team McGraw in Nashville the night before the 10th Annual Country Music Marathon. The evening will include bowling, an incredible silent auction featuring guitars signed by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, a “carb-out” pasta and potato bar, as well as entertainment by the Warren Brothers, Lance Miller, McGraw’s road band the Dancehall Doctors and special guests to be announced.

“This is the second year running at the Country Music Marathon and we wanted to find a meaningful way to support the amazing efforts of our runners and do something special in Nashville,” said Jeff McMahon, keyboard player for Tim McGraw’s band, the Dancehall Doctors; a TMF board member; and chairman of the Foundation’s marathon program. “The warm-up bowling event will be the perfect way to celebrate our participants’ successes, and we’re thrilled to see more people get engaged in our Foundation’s mission every day.”

Team McGraw was an official charity at the ING Philadelphia Distance Run in September 2008. With the support of Tug’s former Philly teammates, Greg Luzinski and Larry Christenson, Team McGraw’s run in Philadelphia was a huge success for participants and the Foundation’s research fund.

Space is limited for the bowling party and tickets can be purchased online at www.tugmcgraw.org for $10 to $25. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Featuring many of Nashville’s best live bands on 28 stages along the 26.2 and 13.1-mile courses, on Saturday, April 25, 2009, the Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon will celebrate its 10th anniversary with over 30,000 runners and walkers. The race is internationally recognized as the ultimate tour of Music City, USA. The course features historic sites like the Parthenon, Nashville's world-renowned Music Row and an expansive finish line festival outside the Tennessee Titan’s home, LP Field, located along the Cumberland River.

For more information about running with Team McGraw, including registration details and information on a special discount for Team McGraw runners, please visit www.tugmcgraw.org.

About the Tug McGraw Foundation
The Tug McGraw Foundation was established to raise funds for pioneering brain tumor research, increase public awareness of the disease, and support students who exemplify leadership and Tug’s inspiring “Ya Gotta Believe” spirit. Brain tumors are the leading cause of death from solid tumors in children under age 20 and the third leading cause of all cancer deaths in young adults ages 20 to 39. Over the past 10 years, brain tumor research has advanced significantly, yet the reality of living with a brain tumor remains the same. Brain tumors may alter thought, emotion, memory, movement and language. Quality of life research is recognized as a needed component of brain tumor care. For more information about the Tug McGraw Foundation, please visit www.tugmcgraw.org.


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