Registration for the 2011 Philadelphia Marathon, Half Marathon and Rothman Institute 8K Opens Today

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PHILADELPHIA (March 31, 2011) – Registration will open on April 1 for the 2011 Philadelphia Marathon, Half Marathon and Rothman Institute 8K, putting into motion plans to host 25,000 competitors and 60,000 spectators on race weekend, November 18-20, in Philadelphia. Runners can register for the three races, as well as the annual Kids Fun Run, online at

"We expect to jump out to a running start in anticipation of the highest registration capacity in event history," said Melanie Johnson, executive director of Philadelphia Marathon. "We're very excited about the planning for the 2011 edition of this popular race. Each year, we add more elements to enhance the experience for our participants as well as our spectators, and this year is going to be even better."

Wanjiru Out of London Marathon

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Sammy Wanjiru has been forced to pull out of next month's London Marathon with a knee injury but race director David Bedford was delighted to hear at the same time that the 3 times London Champion Martin Lel was fit and wanted to be added to the London field. Lel has previously won London in 2005, 2007 and 2008.

After dropping out of last year's race, Wanjiru was hoping to make amends on Sunday 17th April by regaining the title he won in 2009. But the Kenyan hasn't raced since he won the Chicago marathon last October and has been forced to accept he's lost the battle to gain fitness in time for the 2011 London race.

Air Force Marathon: Register Early and Be Entered to Win Prize

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Dayton, Ohio – Anyone registering for the Air Force Marathon before April 30 will be automatically entered to win an All Access Prize Package.

"We did this contest last year in July and it was a huge hit, but this year the races are filling up so fast that we didn't dare wait until then," said Molly Louden, Air Force Marathon Director.

Currently, the half and full marathons are at 50 percent of capacity. "We are well ahead of last year's pace and we sold out a month early then. We are advising everyone to register now rather than miss out," Ms. Louden said.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Expands to Portland

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Portland, Ore. (March 22, 2011) –Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI), the leading media and event company in the endurance sports industry, and the Portland Rose Festival today announced that Portland will become home to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series in 2012. The inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon will bring its moving block party experience to one of the country’s most active cities on Sunday, May 20, 2012.

President's Challenge Program Partners with the Medtronic TC Kids Marathon

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - (March 23, 2011) - Twin Cities In Motion has announced a new partnership between the President's Challenge Program and the Medtronic TC Kids Marathon program.  

The Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) is part of the President's Challenge Physical Activity and Fitness Awards Program, which is a program of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. The President's Council, along with First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative launched the "Million PALA Challenge" on September 14, 2010, with the goal of encouraging one million Americans, both youth and adults, to achieve the PALA by September 2011.