FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dianemarie (DM) Collins
DM Productions LLC
May 6, 2007 declared Nevada Wide Open Marathon de Mayo Day
by Governor Jim Gibbons
(Reno, Nev – April 30, 2007) For the second straight year, the actual race
day of the Nevada Wide Open Marathon de Mayo has been given its own "day"
by the Governor of Nevada. Governor Jim Gibbons declared race day, May 6,
2007 as Nevada Wide Open Marathon de Mayo Day. The proclamation will be
read prior to the race beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 6, 2007.
Approximately 2,000 runners and walkers along with thousands of spectators
are expected to on hand to hear the news.
Doug Collins, executive producer, is looking forward to that moment.
"We've been working since last June on putting together a safe and fun
event for all of our participants," Collins said. "Getting the proclamation
by the governor is just icing on the cake. We are very proud."
In only its second year, the event has also been distinguished by receiving
a tourism development award. Historically it has been noted that when a
runner travels to a marathon, each marathoner travels with three additional
visitors. Collins says that's good for Reno.
"As a runner or walker of the marathon, marathon relay, half-marathon and
10K, you get to see Reno as more than just the downtown corridor," Collins
enthuses. "You see our tree-lined streets and our parks, our vistas of the
Sierras and even Virginia Lake. The 5K takes you along the Truckee River to
Idlewild Park. Can't get anymore beautiful than that."
Proclamation as follows:
WHEREAS, the second annual Nevada Wide Open Marathon de Mayo being held in
Reno on Sunday, May 6, 2007 is a national event, an international field of
runners and premier running event open to athletes of all abilities; and
WHEREAS, the races include a marathon, 5-person marathon relay,
half-marathon, 5 K and 10 K run/walk encouraging participants to improve
their health and fitness habits; and
WHEREAS, in conjunction with the Nevada Wide Open Marathon de Mayo is the
News 4 Health & Fitness EXPO with JoAnn Dahlkoetter, world-class athlete,
sport psychologist and best selling author promoting better health for our
residents and visitors; and
WHEREAS, the Nevada Wide Open Marathon de Mayo is dedicated to supporting
worthy nonprofit organizations as a fundraising platform for a wide variety
of charities throughout the Truckee Meadows, and proceeds from the event
directly fund the Marathon de Mayo Foundation Fund held at the Community
Foundation of Western Nevada; and
WHEREAS, the Nevada Wide Open Marathon de Mayo poster "Let ‘em Run" by
Kenneth Freeman, known as the Rembrandt of the Rodeo, will raise funds to
protect and preserve the wild mustangs of Nevada; and
WHEREAS, within the Nevada Wide Open Marathon de Mayo, Olympian Rod Dixon
from New Zealand will run with our second KiDS MARATHON, the life-changing
"FINISH" goal program, with students from Echo Loder Elementary School so
that kids of all shapes, sizes and ability levels can participate and be
WHEREAS, in recognition that Nevada Wide Open Marathon de Mayo being held
in Reno on Sunday, May 7, 2006 is a multi-cultural celebration including
musicians, authors, artist and athletes marking the Mexican-American Cinco
de Mayo observance of the heroic battle of Puebla;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JIM GIBBONS, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby
proclaim May 6, 2007, as
NEVADA WIDE OPEN MARATHON DE MAYO DAY IN NEVADA