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Aquarium of the Pacific to host One-Mile Kids Fun Run in association with the 2011 Long Beach International City Bank Marathon & Half Marathon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 5, 2011

John Parks, RUN Racing
562-427-4606, ext 223
949-290-5508 Cell
jparks@runracing.com

Marilyn Padilla, Aquarium of the Pacific
562-951-1684
562-833-1455 Cell
mpadilla@lbaop.org

Aquarium of the Pacific to host One-Mile Kids Fun Run in association with the
2011 Long Beach International City Bank Marathon & Half Marathon

Fun FREE event held a day prior to Marathon on Saturday, October 8

LONG BEACH, CA – As part of a major emphasis on improving youth health and fitness as well as helping to counter the major childhood obesity epidemic, the nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific has again joined forces with RUN Racing and the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon & Half Marathon. Together they will host a free one-mile Kids Fun Run on Saturday, October 8, 2011.

At 9 a.m., 2,000 kids ages 6 to 12 will be running in the event at no cost, encouraged to dress in blue or as their favorite marine creature.  The Grand Marshall for the race is none other than Lola, the Aquarium’s resident talking cockatoo. Costumed characters like Ray the sting ray will be cheering for the runners. Those participating will each receive a commemorative Octopus Medal, a finisher certificate and free entry to the Aquarium. Kids are timed and run in waves with their own age group. The event begins with a ceremony at 8:45 a.m. and lasts until 11:30.

“The Kids Fun Run is a great way to inspire children to be healthy and to achieve their goals in life. When they visit the Aquarium, we hope to inspire them to make ocean conservation one of those goals,” said Cecile Fisher, Aquarium of the Pacific VP of marketing & communications. If they are interested, kids will also be able to help marine life by raising funds to feed the Aquarium animals.  Participants can choose to run in honor of their favorite Aquarium marine creature, and all donations will go towards caring for that animal.

“The goal is to make running fun.  Kids love the Aquarium. We think it’s a great way to motivate kids to be fit, healthy, and achieve,” said John Parks, EVP Marketing for RUN Racing.

On Sunday, Oct. 9, more than 23,000 are expected to participate in the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon, the weekend’s main event. Events include the Marathon, Half Marathon, Bike Tour, and Bubba Gump Run Forrest Run 5K.

2011 event sponsors to date include: Title Sponsor – International City Bank; Corporate Sponsors, JetBlue Airways -  Official Airlines; Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach and Community Hospital Long Beach – Official Hospitals; the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company – 5K Sponsor; the Aquarium of the Pacific – Kids Run Sponsor; Waste Management – Official Green Team; Buono’s Pizzeria – Official Pizza; Cliff Bar – the Official Energy Bar and Energy Gel; Michelob Ultra – Finish Line Festival sponsor; and Long Beach Hyatt Hotel – Official Headquarters Hotel. Community Partners include UPS, Zico Pure Coconut Water, BNSF Railway, the Port of Long Beach, the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, Savor Long Beach, the Downtown Long Beach Associates, and California State University Long Beach.

For more information on the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon, please visit www.runlongbeach.com or call 562-427-4606.

About Aquarium of the Pacific: The Aquarium of the Pacific, a nonprofit institution, is dedicated to instilling a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems.  Home to over 11,000 animals, it features programs to engage the public in ocean conservation and environmental education. It is one of the top aquariums in the nation and is ranked in the top two Los Angeles cultural attractions. Address: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802. Info: aquariumofpacific.org / 562-590-3100.

About RUN Racing: Led by Olympic Gold Medalist Bob Seagren, RUN Racing specializes exclusively in the development, management and implementation of endurance, health, fitness and special events.  RUN Racing events include the OC Marathon held in May; the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon held in October; the Dana Point Turkey Trot 10K & 5K held on Thanksgiving Day and the Holiday Half Marathon held in December. “Follow RUN Racing on Twitter for event information (@RUNRacing) and find The Long Beach International City Bank Marathon on Facebook for interactive event information (Long Beach International City Bank Marathon)”

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