FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: PR Racing
ING MIAMI MARATHON OPENS ROADS TO RUNNERS IN NEW ORLEANS MARDI GRAS MARATHON
RUNNERS REGISTERED FOR MARATHON IN NEW ORLEANS
GRANTED FREE ENTRY INTO ING MIAMI MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON
MIAMI (September 2, 2005) – As organizations around the world begin offering aid to the victims of
Hurricane Katrina, PR Racing, the Miami-based producers of the ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon
have opened their race to runners registered for the Mardi Gras Marathon. The ING Miami Marathon
takes place on January 29, 2006, one week prior to the scheduled date of the marathon in New
Orleans. Runners training for the February 5th race in New Orleans will be able to maintain their
current training regimen while completing either the full or half marathon in Miami.
Race Director Robert Pozo announced the efforts after learning that New Orleans based Premier Event
Management, which serves as the timing company for the races in Miami and New Orleans, might be set
back weeks before returning to their Louisiana offices. “PEM’s staff is part of our family and we
are relieved knowing they are all safe,” Pozo said. “We have no indications of how bad the situation
is, but we have opened our doors to support them, their families and the community of runners they
The ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon is expecting over 10,000 runners for the 2006 event and
will open slots for pre-registered runners from the Mardi Gras Marathon, which hosted almost 5,000
runners in 2005. Mardi Gras runners who are pre-registered can contact PR Racing at 305-278-8668 or
“We remember Hurricane Andrew vividly and normalcy did not set in until a year later,.” Pozo said, in reference to his staff. “We have seen how these disasters can make a community ten times stronger, and we hope to help their community in any way we can.”
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ABOUT PR Racing
PR Racing is a Miami based Health and Fitness Event Management Company devoted providing awareness
to the community for improved and healthier lifestyles. As the producers of the Miami Marathon and
Half Marathon and Escape to Miami Triathlon, PR Racing has established world class destination
events that draw thousands of international participants to Miami-Dade County on an annual basis. PR
Racing prides itself in creating opportunities for their own city and all of their neighbors to live
healthier and happier through the production of fitness events.
ABOUT ING Miami Marathon
The ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon is the premier running event in South Florida. The race creates awareness for healthy lifestyles in the local community. The 4th annual race runs on January 29, 2006 with over 10,000 runners and walkers expected to be in Miami, Miami Beach, and Miami-Dade County. The event has created an estimated $35 million economic impact on the surrounding community. For more information, visit www.ingmiamimarathon.com or call 305-278-8668.