FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Elite Racing, Inc.
Audra Fleming/Susan Reid
Kids Rock Arizona!
Phoenix Children's Hospital Kids Rock Youth Marathon Debuts in
Conjunction with P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon
PHOENIX, Ariz., Sept. 16, 2004 -- With the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll
Arizona Marathon & = Marathon nearing its second running in January, race
officials have announced the addition of the Phoenix Children's Hospital
Kids Rock youth race. Geared to children ages 6 through 12, the race is a
one-mile non-competitive event that allows children to run on race day --
Jan. 9, 2005 -- and cross the official marathon finish line outside Arizona
State University's Sun Angel Stadium in Tempe.
Sponsored by Phoenix Children's Hospital and instituted to promote youth
health and fitness, children will be encouraged to run, jog or walk
25.2-miles prior to the event. On race day, kids will run the final mile
with their appropriate age group, culminating in the completion of a full
26.2-mile marathon. Phoenix Children's Hospital will provide a
complimentary training program, specifically designed for youth, that
includes tips on nutrition and fitness, a running or walking program and a
tracking system to chart progress. The 25.2-mile pre-race training program
is not mandatory for participation on race day.
"With such a great emphasis on youth fitness and nutrition right now, we
felt it was the perfect time to introduce a children's race," said Tim
Murphy, president of Elite Racing, the event's organizer. The running
community in the Valley of the Sun is such an active, supportive group that
it was a natural progression to start including children. We had tremendous
success in the first year of P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona and we want
to make this a family friendly event." The youth race is patterned after
the highly successful YMCA Country Music Kids Marathon held in conjunction
with Elite Racing's Country Music Marathon & = Marathon in Nashville, Tenn.
"Getting children and their families active and healthy is one of our
goals," says Bob Meyer, CEO and President of Phoenix Children's Hospital.
"Connecting with PF Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona to meet this challenge is
exciting. We are proud to sponsor a community effort in conjunction with
such a prestigious event that we hope will reach thousands of families and
get them in motion!"
The start line for the Phoenix Children's Hospital Kids Rock will be at
Tempe Beach Park and age groups are divided as follows: 6, 7-8, 9-10 and
11-12. The event is limited to 2,400 children, with a maximum of 600
participants in each age group race.
Registration is open for the race and may be completed online at
www.kidsrockaz.com. Entry forms are also available through the mail at 5452
Oberlin Dr., San Diego, CA 92121 or by calling 800-311-1255. There will be
no race day registration. Registration is $25 and entries will be accepted
until each individual age group is filled. Early registration is strongly
encouraged as the races are expected to fill quickly. Groups of 20 or more
can save $5 on each individual entry.
Each child will receive an official race number, t-shirt, finisher's medal
and goodie bag, available for pick-up at the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll
Arizona Health & Fitness Expo, presented by Fox 10 and UPN 45. The Expo
will be held Fri., Jan. 7 and Sat., Jan. 8 at the Phoenix Civic Plaza
Registration for the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & =
Marathon is also currently open and available online at www.rnraz.com or by
contacting the same phone number and address as listed above.
-- Quick Facts Follow --
Phoenix Children's Hospital Kids Rock Arizona
A P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Event
Date: Sunday, January 9, 2005
Age 11&12 8:00am
Ages 9 &10 8:15am
Ages 7& 8 8:30am
Ages 6 8:45am
Number of Participants
Event limited to 2,400 kids, with a maximum of 600 participants in each age
Distance and Race
Participants individually run, jog, or walk 25.2 miles prior to the event.
On January 9th, kids will complete the final mile with their appropriate
age group in a non-competitive, non-timed race. Kids may also partake in
the one-mile on race day without having participated in the training
Start and Finish
Start -Tempe Beach Park
Finish - P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon finish line - outside
ASU's Sun Angel Stadium
$25 - Individual entry
$20 - Groups of 20 more, price/person
Entry fee includes: An official race number, T-shirt, finisher's medal, and
Participants may register online at www.kidsrockaz.com or through the mail
with a hard copy entry form. Race day registration is not available. Each
age group race is limited to 600 participants and will close when full.
Online registration and hard copy entry forms will be accepted until each
individual age group race is closed.
Groups of 20 or more can save $5 off each individual entry fee. Group
registration is available both online and through mail registration. Hard
copy entries must be mailed in together. For hard copy entries please call
All participants who register by November 15th will receive a Final
Information document in the mail. This will contain parking and final race
information. This information will also be available after November 15th on
Race Number, T-shirt, and Goodie Bag Pick-up
Kids can pick up all their race numbers, T-shirt, and goodie bag at the
Health & Fitness Expo presented by Fox 10 and UPN 45. All race numbers must
be picked up at the Health and Fitness Expo. Race number pick-up is not
available on race day.
Health & Fitness Expo
Presented by Fox 10 and UPN 45
Friday, January 7th, 10am - 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 8th, 9am - 6 p.m.
Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center
111 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phoenix Children's Hospital Kids Marathon Training Program
A free modified marathon training program specifically designed for
children ages 6-12. Participants will learn nutrition and fitness tips,
follow a running or walking program, and mark their miles on a progressive
distance chart. Programs will be available after October 15, 2004 through
www.kidsrockaz.com, the Phoenix Children's Hospital and can be mailed to
participants upon request.
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