FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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ABC 7 WWSB BECOMES TITLE SPONSOR FOR SARASOTA MARATHON
Race Scheduled March 4, 2007
SARASOTA, FL (Aug. 30, 2006) – The Sarasota Marathon has announced that ABC
7 WWSB will be the title sponsor for its event for the next three years
from 2006-2009. The ABC 7 Sarasota Marathon is scheduled March 4, 2007.
"We are extremely thrilled to take our involvement with this exciting event
to a new level," said ABC 7 WWSB President and General Manager J. Manuel
Calvo. "Our commitment to being community-connected is the reason why we
feel it is so important for us to support the Sarasota Marathon. We are
confident that this is an event that will continue to grow over the years
and not only bring more and more people to the Suncoast, but instill pride
in those who live here."
Race Coordinator Lisette Riverson said she was honored for the three-year
"It means a great deal to us that this well-respected, community-oriented
corporation has this kind of confidence in our event," said Riveron. "We
know that this is a relationship that will continue for many years."
Information and registration for the 2007 race is on the Web site,
www.sarasotamarathon.com. The ABC 7 Sarasota Marathon is a Boston Marathon
qualifier and puts Sarasota on the prestigious list of cities boasting a
world-class marathon. Sarasota Mayor Fredd Atkins is honorary chairman of
this year's event which is expected to draw at least 3,000 runners, plus
their families and fans.
With its flat, fast and scenic USATF-certified course and an average
temperature of 68 degrees, the Sarasota Marathon is considered one of
Florida's best distance running opportunities.
In its inaugural race last year, it generated $50,000 for its local
charity, the YMCA, and exceeded expectations with more than 1,700 runners
representing 42 states and nine countries. More than 500 volunteers worked
the event and joined the hundreds of Sarasota residents that lined the
streets and the Ringling Bridge to cheer on the runners.
The Sarasota Marathon is sponsored by the following businesses and
organizations: ABC 7, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, McCarver
and Moser, Long Bar Pointe, Odato Marketing Group, Brandenburg Life
Foundation, Gregory Sheller and Team, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, the
Sarasota Yacht Club, AirTran Airways and Custom Carts.