Contact: Dan Finanger
Executive Director, TCM
612-925-3500, ext. 12
Marketing Manager, TCM
612-925-3500, ext. 13
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TWIN CITIES MARATHON IS FULL
100 SPOTS AVAILABLE THROUGH SILENT AUCTION
Minneapolis, Minn.- May 21, 2001 - Registration for the 20th running of the
Twin Cities Marathon (TCM) on Sunday, Oct. 7 is now full. This year's
field of 8,500 closed in 19 days. In 2000, the field of 8,000 filled in 31
days. Due to the early closure, TCM will auction off 100 additional
marathon race entries to benefit its selected community contributions.
Donations raised through this silent auction will contribute to TCM's goal
of raising $22,000 for the designated 2001 community contributions: Bolder
Options, Second Harvest of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and the TCM
scholarship program for graduating high school seniors.
Silent Auction Rules and Regulations
The minimum bid is $100 and one bid is allowed per person. Bids must
be accompanied by a check or money order made out to the Twin Cities
Marathon. Checks for non-winning bids will be returned. All bids must be
postmarked no later than Friday, June 15, 2001 and should be mailed to:
Community Contributions - Silent Auction, C/O Twin Cities Marathon, 2925
Dean Parkway, Suite 110, Minneapolis, MN 55416. The 100 highest bids will
be accepted for entry into the 2001 Twin Cities Marathon and winners will
be notified as soon as possible after the auction. In the event of a tie
for the 100th entry, the winning bid will be selected by a drawing. All
amounts over the $50 registration fee are tax deductible and will benefit
the TCM community contributions.
TCM Community Contributions
Bolder Options provides a mentoring program that uses running and biking to
reach at-risk youth ages 12 to 17. Youth and mentors run or bike together
twice a week for twelve weeks and train for three races. At the heart of
the program is the matching of youth with a suitable running or biking
mentor. Together, they establish agreed upon distance goals that
progressively increase the participant's stamina, self-confidence and
self-esteem. Changing behavior is a key to the program's success.
Follow-up for the program continues for three years.
Second Harvest Food Banks of the Twin Cities is one of the nation's largest
domestic hunger relief organization. Through a network of more than 200
food banks and food-rescue programs, Second Harvest distributes food to 26
million hungry Americans each year, eight million of whom are children.
Last year, America's Second Harvest distributed one billion pounds of food
to needy Americans, serving all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The mission of
Second Harvest Food Banks is to "feed people who lack sufficient resources
by providing nutritious food through a network of food distribution
Twin Cities Marathon scholarship program will provide a $1,000 scholarship
to one female and one male graduating high school student/athlete planning
to go to college. The student/athlete must be a cross-country and/or track
and field runner and have participated in distances of 800 meters and
longer. Applications will be available October 2001.
Twin Cities Marathon continues its 10th consecutive year as the
designated USATF National Masters Championship for men and women. In
addition to the marathon, the Twin Cities Marathon features a three-day
weekend celebration of fitness, including a Saturday 5K Fun Run/Walk and
children's fun runs, a pasta dinner, a two-day Health and Fitness Expo and
a 10 mile race on Sunday. Major sponsors for the 2001 marathon are Cub and
the Calhoun Beach Club. The major media sponsors are KARE 11 and Cities 97.
The designated community contributions are Bolder Options, Second Harvest
Food Bank of Greater Minneapolis and St. Paul and the TCM scholarship
program. Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. is a non-profit organization that
directs the Twin Cities Marathon as a community service for the
Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Visit us at www.twincitiesmarathon.org.