FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4th Annual SunTrust National Marathon Announces Holiday Sale
"Celebrate Freedom" Sale to Start July 4th
Washington, DC - The Greater Washington Sports Alliance announced today
that online registration for the 2009 SunTrust National Marathon and Half
Marathon will begin at 12:01 am (EST), July 4th, 2008. The "Celebrate
Freedom" sale is a one week registration period with marathon prices set
for $60 and $50 for the half marathon. Runners can register at
www.nationalmarathon.com. The sale ends at 11:59 pm (EST) on July 11th.
"I look at our holiday sale as a reward for those willing to commit to our
event early," said Keith Dowling, Race Director of the SunTrust National
Marathon. "With the popularity of our event growing each year, we've seen a
loyal following take advantage of the discount while securing a spot on our
start line. It's the best of both worlds."
Already established as the second fastest annually held marathon in the
country behind the venerable Boston Marathon, the SunTrust National
Marathon gets an extra boost as 2009 marks the first time in event's
history that the route does not change from the previous year. The
consistency is another step toward creating a tradition worthy of a city
already rich in history and culture.
"The Greater Washington Sports Alliance is proud to continue the tradition
of connecting a meaningful sporting event to District residents," said
Sports Alliance President Robert Sweeney. "This race has rapidly become a
powerful annual tradition showcasing DC civic pride and has highlighted our
mission of supporting youth organizations."
To further connect into the District's core, the Junior Monumental Milers
Program (JuMMP) has made great strides since last year's pilot program.
JuMMP is run-walk program where over 13,000 youth, ages 8 to 12, will
achieve 26.2 miles over a 23 week period. The 2009 JuMMP initiative has
expanded to include programming within DC Public Schools, YMCA, and Boys &
Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. The program will begin September 17th
and will end on February 27th, with a culmination ceremony taking place at
the SunTrust National Marathon on March 21, 2009.