New Relay and Medal Await Runners at the Walt Disney World Marathon

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Lake Buena Vista, FL (March 15, 2011) – Registration for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by CIGNA opens today and two new features – a relay option and a new medal - await runners who sign up this year for the weekend event, Jan. 5 – 8, 2012.

Runners who want to participate in the 26.2 mile Disney Marathon can now join a buddy and sign up for the Disney Marathon Relay.

Unlike other marathon relays, the Disney Marathon Relay runners will each run 13.1 miles through Walt Disney World's four theme parks. The first runner will travel through Epcot and Magic Kingdom, while the second runner goes through Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios before finishing at Epcot. Both runners receive official half-marathon times as well as a combined team time, plus the new Chip and Dale medal – the first new character medal for Disney Marathon Weekend since the Goofy medal was introduced in 2006. The Disney Marathon Relay will be run simultaneously with the Disney Marathon and share the same course.

"Many runners find a half marathon's 13.1 miles is the perfect challenge for them so our new Disney Marathon Relay is the perfect way to run that half marathon distance but in the Disney Marathon," said Kathleen Duran, Disney Sports Area Manager. "It also gives half-marathon runners a chance to run a different course by completing the second half of the marathon, and provides another opportunity for family members or friends to participate together."

The Walt Disney World Half Marathon will also offer a new feature – a special edition Donald Duck medal to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the race. Earlier this year the Disney Half Marathon reached record capacity with a little more than 27,000 registered runners.

Once again the Disney Marathon Weekend will be anchored by the Walt Disney World Marathon (Jan. 8) running through all four Disney theme parks and rewarding finishers with the coveted Mickey medal.

Other Disney Marathon Weekend events include the Disney Family 5k Fun Run (Friday, Jan. 6), Disney Kid's Races (Jan. 6-7), and Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge (Jan. 7-8). There's also Disney's Health & Fitness Expo (Jan. 5-8) at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney, which will feature the latest in running merchandise, equipment and products, plus healthy and fitness seminars by leading authorities such as renowned marathon trainer Jeff Galloway, the official training consultant for runDisney.

Runners who register for Disney Marathon Weekend events before April 25 receive a discount. To register for any of the races or for more information, go to

The Disney Marathon Weekend is the crown jewel among Disney's four signature runDisney events. The other signature weekend events are the Disneyland Half Marathon (Sept. 4, 2011), the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon (Oct. 1, 2011) and Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Lady Foot Locker (Feb. 26, 2012). For more information, go to Also, follow on Twitter at DisneySports and on Facebook at

Haile Gebrselassie is Confident for Vienna

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After a knee injury Haile Gebrselassie is confident to run a half marathon on 17th April in Vienna. This was confirmed by the management of the Ethiopian superstar. The event in Austria will be staged parallel to the Vienna City Marathon. Organisers expect a total of more than 30,000 runners to take part in the various events on 17th April. Online entry is still available at:

After a fall in training during which he injured his knee Haile Gebrselassie had to cancel his start at the Tokyo Marathon in February. Originally it was feared that he would not be able to run for six weeks, which might have led to him being unable to participate in Vienna as well. But as his Dutch manager Jos Hermens now confirmed the 37 year-old marathon world record holder (2:03:59) has started running again. "Recently Haile was able to start running again and he is confident that he can participate in the Vienna Half Marathon as planned," said Jos Hermens and explained that Haile had done some alternative training after the fall and thus was able to conserve his good form from the beginning of the year.

To mark the occasion of having signed one of the best athletes of all times organisers of the Vienna City Marathon have created a special race for Haile Gebrselassie. It will have the motto: 'Catch me, if you can'. The multiple world record holder and two-time Olympic Champion (10,000 m) will not only run the half marathon but he will also chase the elite marathon runners. They will run on the same course and will get a head start. The time difference between the two starts will be determined nearer to the event.

Run Through History at the First-Ever Jerusalem Marathon

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The first-ever International Jerusalem Marathon will take place in Jerusalem on March 25, 2011, and the courses were selected with the city’s 3000 years of history in mind. Starting at the Knesset building, the tracks will take runners through various important historical and beautiful locations in the city, finishing up in Sacher Park.

The event will include a 10K, half-marathon and the complete marathon. High points on the course map (some of which are only included in the full marathon) include: the Sultan's Pool, Jaffa Gate and Zion's Gate, the Jerusalem Theater, the President's Residence, the German Colony in the Emek Refaim district, the Sherover Promenade, Ammunition Hill, Mount Scopus and Augustus Victoria.

Periphery events include a traditional pasta night and, preceding the marathon, an EXPO fair hosted by the municipality of Jerusalem. That latter will take place at the Congress Center in Binyene ha'Umma.

This particular date of the marathon has been selected for its comfortable climate and low level of humidity.

For more information and the register, go to: 

Hartford Marathon Foundation Kicks Off 2011 Events

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GLASTONBURY, Conn. - (March 6, 2011) - Offering everything from 5Ks, triathlons, half and full marathons and kids events to training clinics for cycling, swimming and running, the Hartford Marathon Foundation (HMF) is gearing up for an eventful 2011 season. Established in 1994 with the mission to motivate people toward active and healthy lifestyles, the Foundation will host and coordinate 25 major events in Connecticut this year in addition to the ING Hartford Marathon, its nationally recognized annual fall event.

With a new website designed to help participants better navigate through events and resources,, HMF hopes to reach and engage more event participants, whether runners, volunteers, sponsors or donors. For those looking to run in their first or 50th event, training resources have been expanded with new groups created in towns including Fairfield, Cheshire and Farmington with the hub of training groups meet in Glastonbury. Training group members receive full training guides, participate in coach-led weekly runs and gain a sense of camaraderie to help reach their goals. Additional clinics such as Cycling Power, Bicycle Fit Testing and various freestyle swimming programs have been created to help triathletes manage their training.

"After a long, snowy winter we're excited to get back outside and help our runners and triathletes prepare for the 2011 season," said Beth Shluger, founder and Executive Director of the Hartford Marathon Foundation. "We provide events and training support for every member of the family and encourage you to take advantage of the many resources we've developed over the years. Whether you're looking for a fun 5K to celebrate the start of the season or hoping to train for your first triathlon or marathon, the Hartford Marathon Foundation welcomes you with training resources, race day support and award-winning post-race parties."

The Foundation will hold an Open House on Sunday, April 3 at the American School for the Deaf from 1:00-3:00pm. Attendees can sign-up for running groups, meet training group coaches and ask questions. Free activities include a mini swim-stroke clinic, various health and wellness exhibitors, guest speakers and a 5K run kicking off at 12:30pm. Registration for all 2011 events will be open and HMF merchandise will be available.

The first events of 2011 will take place on March 19 with the O'Niantic 5K and March 20 with Max's O'Hartford 5K and Wee Mile. For a complete list of events and to register, visit:

The Hartford Marathon Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1994 to create and manage fitness events to benefit the local community. Located in Glastonbury, Connecticut, the Hartford Marathon Foundation organizes nearly 30 annual athletic events, including the ING Hartford Marathon.

Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Announces Pacers, Cash and Prizes for "A" and "B" Olympic Trial Qualifiers at May 15, 2011 Race

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PITTSBURGH, March 9, 2011 (PRNewswire-USNewswire) -- The Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon announces special incentives and pacers to encourage Olympic hopefuls to race with them on May 15, 2011. A cash award of $1500 plus prizes and travel expenses will go to the top American male and female who achieves their first "A" qualifying time for the 2012 Olympic Trials in Houston.  Awards of $1250 in value are offered for the second and third place "A" qualifiers, and all first-time "A" and "B" qualifiers will receive a minimum of a $500 cash incentive, in addition to being eligible for the overall race prize purse.

Jeffrey Eggleston will rabbit the men at a pace of 2:19:00 through Mile 18, and Tyler McCandless will pace women to the 2:39:00 time.  The official Nugo Nutrition pace team will provide support to runners for a variety of time goals.

According to race director Patrice Matamoros, "Part of the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon mission is to promote the sport of long distance running. In an Olympic-qualifying year, we feel that offering a combination of pacers and cash incentives to help athletes offset their training costs and achieve their dreams was the most effective way for us to demonstrate our commitment."

To be eligible for the cash, prize and transportation package, athletes must register in advance for the Olympic Trials Qualifying Incentive Program. For further details, runners and coaches should call Kelsey Jackson of the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon at 412-586-7785, or visit, and click on "Race Participants."

The Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon is hosted by a nonprofit organization, and all events are funded through the generosity of sponsors and runners.  Recognized as one of the nation's fastest growing marathons, the race debuted in May of 2009 with a sold-out field of over 10,000 participants in the marathon, half marathon and marathon relay. In May of 2011, a sold-out field of approximately 20,000 will participate in five race weekend events:  Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay, UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine 5K Pittsburgh Run, and Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon. The event's 2011 Run for a Reason charity program will raise over $1,000,000 for participating charities, and several runners will attempt to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials at the race.