WASHINGTON, DC – March 5, 2007 -- The 2nd Annual National Marathon, the District’s newest marathon and half marathon, announced today that leading online wireless retailer and DC-Based WireflyWirefly.com is the official title sponsor of the newly renamed Wirefly National Marathon. This year’s marathon and half marathon are scheduled for Saturday, March 24th, 2007 with the start and finish lines located at the DC Armory Mall near RFK Stadium. To find how you can register to run, volunteer, attend the pre-race expo, or just watch the thousands of runners from the sidewalk, visit Nationalmarathon.com
With a projected field size of 5,000 runners, a course filled with some of the world’s most recognizable real estate, great neighborhood hosts, and now a title sponsor, the Wirefly National Marathon is poised to be the District’s newest spring time tradition.
“We are proud to offer runners from around the region and the world a 26.2 and 13.1 mile tour of what the great city of the District of Columbia has to offer,” said Mayor Adrian Fenty. “I’ve grown up around the sport and have experienced first hand the power of thousands of runners, determined to reach their goals. Nothing exemplifies the human spirit more than a marathon.”
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“We are thrilled to announce our sponsorship of the Wirefly National Marathon,” said David A. Steinberg, Chairman and CEO of Wirefly’s parent company, InPhonic. “At Wirefly, we admire the dedication, discipline and determination of these athletes, and believe these qualities follow them
off the course into their communities. There is a tangible relationship between marathons and the community, and we believe there is a similar relationship and responsibility between technology and the community.”
“Year two is all about progression,” said race director Keith Dowling. “From our Wirefly agreement to our new Runner’s Village; it’s all about building upon the strong precedent we set in 2006 in creating a world-class event for athletes that gives city residents in neighborhoods across the four quadrants of Washington, DC a front row seat to history.”
The Wirefly National Marathon marks the second year of the National Marathon, the only marathon solely contained in the District of Columbia. With registrations coming in daily, the Wirefly National Marathon already boasts 60% growth in registration in just one year.
“Young races are caught in a ‘Catch-22’,” said the Greater Washington Sports Alliance President Bob Sweeney. “To survive you need participants, but to have participants you need strong partners. Wirefly is stepping up to the challenge, along with the Mayor and agencies of the District of Columbia, to ensure an extraordinary event. Running might be an individual sport but, it takes a team to pull off the kind of a signature marathon like the Wirefly National Marathon that this world-class city deserves.”
About the Wirefly National Marathon
2nd annual event to be held on Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 7 a.m.
Expo held on Friday, March 23, 2007 from 11am to 9pm.
Marathon and Half Marathon is capped at 5000 total participants.
Produced by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance.
Race features a multi-division Team Challenge that includes head-to-head competition between running clubs, open teams, and a battle between Police Officers and Fire/EMS employees.
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