FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Little Rock Marathon Announces Training Partner
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (August 6, 2009) – The Little Rock Marathon and Heart
Clinic Arkansas announced today a partnership to promote exercise and
healthy lifestyles in Arkansas.
As a part of that partnership, Heart Clinic Arkansas will be a presenting
sponsor of the 2010 Little Rock Marathon Training Program and medical
provider for the 8th annual Little Rock Marathon (and companion races)
scheduled for March 6 and 7, 2010.
The Little Rock Marathon training program is a free running/walking program
created to prepare individuals who plan to take part in one of the races
next March and is a project of Little Rock Parks & Recreation.
"This is a wonderful partnership based on shared values of encouraging and
helping people live healthier, more active lives," said Gina Marchese
Pharis, Little Rock Marathon co-executive director. "This partnership
provides us with the expanded resources needed to bring life-changing
messages to people, all while continuing to conduct a world-class event."
Heart Clinic Arkansas is the largest cardiac group in Arkansas with 30
cardiologists, five non-physician practitioners, and more than 150 support
personnel at 20 locations around the state. Heart Clinic Arkansas provides
comprehensive cardiac care including diagnostic, invasive and
Recognizing the importance of a heart healthy lifestyle, Heart Clinic
Arkansas is a founding sponsor of the Arkansas River Trail Medical Mile.
According to Heart Clinic Arkansas supporting the Little Rock Marathon is
"a natural fit" in its community outreach.
"We're delighted to again partner with an organization that complements our
efforts in the various communities we serve," said Marcia Atkinson, Heart
Clinic Arkansas CEO. "Our mission calls for us to improve the health and
well-being of the communities where we live and work. Working with this
first-class organization and its committed staff and volunteers, we gain a
powerful partner to help fulfill that mission."
"More than 9,000 individuals are expected to participate race weekend,"
said Atkinson. "By providing an experienced and dedicated team of medical
professionals, Heart Clinic Arkansas will enjoy the special opportunity to
serve our community through both hands-on medical assistance race weekend,
and through support of the training program."
In the coming months, Heart Clinic Arkansas will assist with informational
workshops, which will help participants prepare physically for the early
Training officially begins October 3 and finishes on race day. A "build up"
program designed for individuals who have never run before begins in late
August and will last six weeks.
For more information about training please www.littlerockmarathon.com.