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Posted: March 17, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: Inaugural Pasadena Marathon Presented By Kaiser Permanente Set to Run Sunday

Event originally scheduled for November but canceled due to wildfires to be held Sunday, March 22nd

Pasadena, Calif. (March 17, 2009) — The Inaugural Pasadena Marathon presented by Kaiser Permanente will take place this Sunday, March 22, 2009. The event was originally scheduled to be held on November 16, 2009, but was canceled on race morning due to the Southern California wildfires and the potential health hazards to participants.

Over 8,000 runners, walkers and cyclists will converge on Sunday morning to compete in the Marathon, Half Marathon, Bike Tour, 5K and Fun Run/Walk. Weather forecasts for Sunday look very favorable for runners, with temperatures projected to be in the high 40’s/low 50’s for the start and in the 60’s for the finish. There is a slight chance of precipitation.

The Full and Half Marathon will start at 6:30 AM. Elite runners should complete the full marathon in approximately 2 ½ hours with elite half-marathoners completing the race in just over an hour. The bulk of the marathon finishers should have completed the race by noon. The Start/Finish Line is located directly in front of Pasadena City College on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena. The Finish Line Festival is from 6 AM – 2 PM on the college campus, and is free to the public. Thousands of spectators will gather at the Start/Finish Line and along the course.

All athletes are expected to pick up their race packets at the Health & Fitness Expo located at the Pasadena Convention Center which will be open on Friday, March 20, from noon - 7 p.m., and Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Participants’ friends and family are also encouraged to attend the Expo which features a variety of health and fitness related vendors.

Event sponsors for 2009 include: Kaiser Permanente, Think Marketing, The Westin Pasadena, Tiffany & Co., Pasadena Star-News, Crown City News, 100.3 The Sound, Gel Communications, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau, Ridelinks, Tieman’s Fusion Coffees, Nesquik, FRS, PowerBar, Ultima, Whole Foods, Vons, California School of Culinary Arts, PMX, Coyle Reproductions, Inc., Smartbox, Ware Disposal Co., Inc. For more information, visit www.pasadenamarathon.org.

About the Pasadena Marathon--The Pasadena Marathon presented by Kaiser Permanente offers a variety of race-day options, including Marathon, Half Marathon, Bike Tour, 5K and Fun Run/Walk. The Pasadena Marathon course will feature areas of interest throughout the city, including beautiful residential neighborhoods, vibrant commercial districts, and numerous cultural landmarks. Further information about the Pasadena Marathon presented by Kaiser Permanente can be found on the Internet at www.pasadenamarathon.org.

About Kaiser Permanente --Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s leading integrated health plan, was founded in 1945, and is a nonprofit, group practice prepayment program with Southern California headquarters in Pasadena, California. Serving the health care needs of 3.3 million members in Southern California, Kaiser Permanente encompasses the nonprofit Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and the for-profit Southern California Permanente Medical Group, including nearly 58,000 technical, administrative and clerical employees and caregivers, and more than 6,800 physicians representing all specialties. For more information visit www.kaiserpermanente.org.

About International City Racing-- Led by Olympic Gold Medalist Bob Seagren, International City Racing, Inc. (ICR) specializes exclusively in the development, management and implementation of endurance, health, fitness and other special events. Besides the Inaugural Pasadena Marathon, ICR events include the Avia OC Marathon held in May 2009, the Pacific Open Water Challenge to be held in Long Beach in August 2009, Long Beach International City Bank Marathon that will host over 20,000 runners in October 2009, the Dana Point Turkey Trot 10K, 5K and Kids Fun Run that hosts over 12,000 runners and walkers on Thanksgiving Day, and the and the Annual Long Beach Belmont Shore Christmas Parade in December.


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